libertia (syn Libertia grandiflora )
- Position: full sun or light shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to July
- Flower colour: white
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Reliable and long-lived perennial which provides attractive vertical accents to a planting. Sword like leaves encircle slender wiry stems. Simple pure white flowers open progressively up each stem to culminate in a fine airy show. Associates well with fine grasses like Stipa tenuissima in a gravel planting, or with simple daisies like Anthemis 'Sauce Hollandaise' in the front of a border.
- Garden care: Selectively cut out old foliage to reveal attractive new growth. Dislikes a waterlogged soil. Divide congested plants in spring or autumn. Leave flower spikes to mature and form attractive seed heads which will self-seed if permitted.
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I just bought a 9 cm pot, can I plant it outside straightaway or should I wait a bit more for the weather to improve (It's been snowing on and off here the last few weeks!)? Also, can I plant it in a big container or does it do better in the ground?
Thanks.Asked on 15/3/2013 by Newbie from Leeds/Bradford
These plants are fully hardy so can be planted outside now. They do make fine specimen plants for pots, so you do have the option to pot it up if you think it may look a little lost in the border.Answered on 15/3/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Plant identity from Chelsea Flower Show a few years ago
Hi, From the 'Daily Telegraph' garden at Chelsea Flower show a couple of years ago .....can you please tell me the name of the plant in the silver planters in front of the glass room! Hope you can help ThanksAsked on 11/3/2010 by Damien Carroll
A:Hello There, They were Libertia grandiflora - just click on the following link to go straight to them http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/libertia-grandiflora-/classid.3156/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Ulf Nordfjell's plant list
Dear Crocus, Please can you help. I admired Ulf Nordfjell's Daily telegraph planting at Chelsea and am inspired by it for a garden square re planting that I am organising, but wondered if you could identify the plant in the two metal pots in the centre left of your title picture. Many thanks for your help. SuzanneAsked on 18/8/2009 by Suzanne and Mark Etherton
A:Hello Suzanne, The plants are Libertia grandiflora - just click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/classid.3156 I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 19/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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