Papaver orientale '(Goliath Group) Beauty of Livermere'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moist, well-drained
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: May to July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A really exuberant oriental poppy, with sumptuous, large pillar-box red flowers in early summer and downy, mid green leaves. The silky tissue-paper petals of this tall, strong-stemmed poppy are splashed with black and each flower has a dark, velvety centre. Although the flowers of all oriental poppies are ephemeral, they are easy to grow, bring a zing to any planting scheme and each plant will produce several flowers. It cut back after flowering, they may even produce a second flush. Plant in a sunny border, alongside grasses or late summer-flowering perennials, such as dahlias, which will provide interest when the plant has died back.
- Garden care: Cut back to ground level after flowering. Lift and divide large clumps in autumn.
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Q:If i get Beauty of Livermere now should i plant it outside straight away?Asked on 25/10/2015 by bozodog from wiltshire
As a general rule fully hardy plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise.
This plant is fully hardy so it can be planted out in the garden now, but as this is a young plant in a 9cm container, you might want to pot it up into a larger pot first.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 27/10/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:I planted my poppy late last year and had a couple of lovely flowers on it but this year the flower is very low to the ground. Is there a problem with the plant or is it the result of unseasonable weather?Asked on 27/4/2015 by Seedling from Manchester
Some plants have been affected by the unusually dry spring, and I suspect this might be the underlying reason for this stunted growth. Just keep an eye on the watering and I suspect there will be no long term damage done.Answered on 15/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:I have just received my Goliath poppy plant and was wondering when I can plant it outside ,many thanksAsked on 1/2/2013 by coco from sutton on sea
These plants are fully hardy so can be planted outside now. The only thing you will need to avoid is excessive winter wet.
I hope this helps,Answered on 4/2/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Can I grow Tricyrtis formosana 'Dark Beauty' in a pot and Poppies at the bottom of the garden?
Hi, We have a tiny North facing shaded garden and I'm looking for some Autumn colour for our patio. Can I grow Tricyrtis formosana 'Dark Beauty' in a pot? If so how big should the pot be? If not can you recommend something else please? Also I'd love to grow some poppies, we get a fair amount of sunshine in the spring and summer at the very end of the garden will I be able to grow Papaver orientale 'Perry's White' and Papaver orientale 'Effendi' here? Thank you SallyAsked on 21/10/2009 by Sally Reay
A:Hello Sally, These do well in pots, and I would say one about 40 x 40cm filled with John Innes No2 would be suitable. As for the poppies, these flower best in full sun, but they will also grow in a little light shade. I'm afraid though it may be trial and error to see if your spot is sunny enough. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 22/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Advice on planting your pre-designed Red Summer border
Dear sir/madam I am particularly interested in buying the Red Summer Pre Designed Border. Please can you tell me whether these plants are suitable for planting in conjunction with weed inhibiting fabric. I want to minimise the amount of weeding required. Many thanks for your help RuthAsked on 22/6/2009 by Ruth Hamilton
A:Hello Ruth, You can plant these into the weed supressing fabric without any trouble at all, provided you make sure the fabric allows the water to drain through. All you need to do is cut big crosses into the fabric and peel back the edges to plant and then fold back the edges again. I hope this helps.Answered on 23/6/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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