Lavatera Barnsley, keep a look out for it reverting
The deciduous shrub Lavatera is ideally suited for growing in our Scottish gardens. All the plants which I list will be known to grow well in the Aberdeen area. Well having said that there is a number of them which I have been caught out with, I will always give detailed information on this when it arises.
In a sheltered spot, Barnsley may have a semi-evergreen habit. This Lavatera will flower throughout the Summer, the leaves are a grey/green, the three-inch funnel-shaped flowers are white ageing to a soft pink the centre of which is red.
All in all a very eye-catching plant, look out for suckers which carry deep pink flowers, cut these off at the base otherwise the plant will quickly revert.
: Height- 2mtrs/6ft if cut back hard each Spring
: Hardiness- Fully hardy to minus 15 degrees
Position- Full sun in light moderately fertile soil
Pruning – Hard prune in Spring when buds start to swell, alternatively allow the plant to make a canopy, perhaps three feet tall and cut it back to this spot each Spring. This will give you a taller shrub more suitable for the back of the border.
Lavatera Mont Blanc
Lavatera Mont Blanc, more often used as a hardy annual, I find that best results can be obtained if treated as a half-hardy. To prevent the need for pricking out, sow just three seeds in individual small plant pots. Do this in early April and place them in the greenhouse, preferably unheated. The seeds will soon germinate and by mid-May, they should be ready to plant out in the garden border.
This very hardy plant will give an amazing show late June through till September. Although the foliage is nothing to speak of this is no problem as the pure white blooms smother the plant. Seeds can be collected in Autumn before disposing of the plants.
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Height – 100cm
Position – Full sun