Felicia - similar flowers to brachycome
with yellow and green variegated leaves.
PERENNIALS: Alstroemeria, aster, begonia, blanket flower, brachycome
, campanula, coreopsis, cranesbill, daylily, dianthus, diascia, gaura, Jerusalem sage, Nemesia fruticans, Origanum, penstemon, purple coneflower, Rudbeckia, Russian sage, Santa Barbara daisy, scabiosa, silene, statice, summer phlox, Tagetes lemmonii.
Strawberry Mousse is a pink variety of this popular tub and basket plant with flowers larger than the norm while Geranium Evka - a pelargonium - is a stunning variegated ivy-leafed variety with bright pink blooms.
Sow antirrhinum, cosmea, ageratum, begonia, petunia, impatiens, brachycome
, canna, mimulus, necotiana, nemesia, Livingstone daisy, gazania, dahlia and wahlenbergia and other half-hardy annuals under glass with heat.
Convolvulus Ipomoea, Sweet Pea, Morning Glory, Borage, Lobelia, Viola, Salvia Patens, Nigella, Ageratum, Nemophila, Centaurea, Brachycome
, Felicia, Anchusa, Campanula, Delphinium, Iris, Geranium, Veronica, Aconitum, Meconopsis, Gentian, Balloon Flower, Tradescantia, Scabious.
Tender perennials include some marvellous trailing plants that provide a long-lasting and more unusual display, including Bidens ferulaefolia, the swan river daisy (Brachycome
), Lysimachia congestiflora and Verbena.
You will need about 10 plants, for example ivy-leaf geranium, brachycome
verbena lobelia, lysimachia and fuchsia.
When planting hanging baskets, choose some scented trailers such as brachycome
, the swan river daisy, and for borders, plant heliotropes, purple and almond-scented, though these should not be allowed outdoors until summer is really warming up.
Suttons have some real beauties for borders and containers: Swan River Daisy (Brachycome
Bravo Mixed) is a mixture of blue, mauve and white; Dahlia Dwarf Delight comes in shades of orange and yellow, red, rose, pink and white.
They include basket-of-gold (Aurinia saxatilis), dead nettle (Lamium maculatum), diascia, evergreen candytuft (Iberis sempervirens), geranium, nepeta, rockcress (Arabis), Santa Barbara daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus), Serbian bellflower (Campanula poscharskyana), and Swan River daisy (Brachycome
3 Some good choices include Brachycome
iberidifolia, Mimulus, Calendula, Agrostemma (corncockle) Matthiola, Cosmos (Cosmea), Salvia horminium, Nigella, Clarkia, Godetia, Lavatera trimestris, Helichrysum, some ornamental grass mixes such as bunny's ears, sunflowers, love-liesbleeding, sweetpeas, Nemophila, Gilia, Gypsophila, candytuft, poppies, Linara, Linum grandiflora and Limonthes douglasii.
I use trailing verbena, ivy leaf geranium, lobelia, fuchsia, lysimachia and brachycome
Once the shape of the potted garden has been established with the permanent planting, pools and swirls of colour are created with clusters of small pots crammed with the bright shades of Monkey Masks (Mimulus), Busy Lizzies (Impatiens), Alpine Campanulas, bedding Dahlias, Swan River Daisies (Brachycome
oberidifolia), icy cool pools of white Allysum, and miniature volcanoes of the bushy Nasturtiums.
If you plant the penstemon, daisies, and coreopsis from jumbo packs and the brachycome
and catmint from 4-inch container (they're generally not available in jumbo packs), the cost is about $17.