Lavatera × clementii 'Barnsley'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: light, moderately-fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This popular shrub is grown for the masses of white hollyhock-like flowers with red centres that smother its branches from June to September. The flowers age to a soft pink, and the deeply lobed grey-green leaves are pretty, too. Extremely long-flowering, this vigorous, semi-evergreen mallow will thrive in a well-drained shrub or mixed border, but needs plenty of space to spread itself out as it puts on tremendous growth in just one season. In cold areas of the country it is best grown against a warm wall to minimise wind and frost damage.
- Garden care: To prevent shrub from getting straggly, cut back hard to within 30cm (12in) of ground level in spring, after all risk of severe frosts has passed. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure round the base of the plant. In exposed areas shorten branches by up to one half in autumn to minimise the risk of wind damage.
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Q:Summer flowering tree
Hello, I am looking for a tree that can grow as tall as 8ft-10ft and flowers for most of the summer, or even one that flowers in the winter. I am looking to add a large tree with colourful flowers to my garden - I do love the Laburnum x watereri 'Vossii' but it only flowers from May to June I believe. Can you recommend at suitable tree? Regards LauraAsked on 7/5/2009 by LAURA BLIZARD
A:Hello Laura, Even a miniature tree will get taller than 8-10ft, so I suspect you may be looking for a shrub, which are generally more compact. The ones that will flower for months on end throughout summer are either Buddlejas or Lavatera. I'm afraid I don't know of any trees (no matter what size) that will match them.Answered on 7/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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