Even if annual plants are not quite your thing, I think you may find Osteospernum purple sun hard to resist.
There are Osteospernums out there that will come through the UK Winter, Osteospernum purple sun however is a tender perennial.
We grow it in pots, and it grabs the attention of everyone who sees it.
The 9 cm pots of them we purchased arrived in late May and were already covered in buds. They are very expensive, and next year I will look out for plug plants at a more sensible price.
Purple Sun with Shades of orange yellow and purple have transformed this once average looking white or pale pink African daisy into something spectacular.
I can recall when I first came upon Osteospernum in the early eighties, the flowers opened only when the sun was shining. I am not thinking of Livingstone daisies, which were all the rage in the 70s. Do you remember those multi coloured ground hugging bedding plants? Never see them these days.
Anyway, as far as Osteospernum is concerned, breeders have done a good job over the years and the blooms on most of them now open whether the sun is shining or not.
I purchased my Osteospernum Purple Sun from two different suppliers. Look at the ones below. The flowers have no trace of the deeper orange shades, even when the blooms first open they are this somewhat more yellow colour. The company charged the high Purple Sun price, I complained but got no response.
This is a tender perennial and is not likely to come through the UK Winter; however, you may want to give it a go. A Google search will bring up methods you can try. Good luck with that, for myself, I will go for the plug plants.
A bushy plant that will grow to a height of about 30 cm and spread of 40 cm.
In the border or in pots, Osteospernum does Best of all in full sun, but will pretty much tolerate partial shade.
The tri coloured flowers open in early Summer and with deadheading can go on untill the first frosts.
For 3 9 cm pots of Purple Sun, online retailers were charging £17. Next year, Brookside nursery will have plug plants, I am going to place my order in February.
Our Fife garden in Summer
I think the new bird bath in the patio area is looking pretty good.
An ideal sheltered spot for us to read our books and share a litre of wine.
The back garden. The trellis has been removed from the top of the fence. I was a little worried that doing this may spoil the appearance, but no, it’s looking fine.