angels fishing rod
Make July sensational with these trembling wands of silver-sheathed bright-pink bells that arch over heads in the garden as they sway - an enduring grassy seed head finally splits to deliver snuff-brown seeds in autumn
- Position: full sun
- Soil: humus-rich, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flower Colour: variable, from pale to rich, magenta pink and even occasionally white
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)
A graceful, evergreen perennial, with arching stems of bell-shaped, pale pink to magenta or occasionally white flowers which seem to dangle above the clumps of grass-like foliage. The stems look delicate, but are actually very tough and appear to tremble in the breeze. Angel's fishing rod is perfect for introducing movement to a well-drained border in a sunny, sheltered site, or for overhanging water. Initially slow to establish, it looks particularly good with early autumn-flowering ornamental grasses. Unfortunately though, as it is quite deep rooted, it is not suitable for pots.
- Garden care: Water freely during the growing season, but avoid excessive winter wet. Cut away old foliage in early spring and if necessary lift and divide congested colonies at the same time.
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