Papaver orientale 'Patty's Plum'

oriental poppy

The sultry, willowy Patty is always earlier, flowering in the first week of May, and her unique brown-pink flowers need semi-shade - a hornbeam or green hazel backdrop sets her off

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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  • Position: full sun/part-shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A really luscious oriental poppy with deep reddish-purple flowers in early summer and bristly, grey-green leaves. The silky, pleated petals of this popular variety have been compared to the faded silk of antique ball gowns. Although the flowers of all oriental poppies are ephemeral, they are easy to grow and each plant will produce several flowers. If cut back after flowering, they may even produce a second flush. Plant it in a sunny border, as part of a cottage-garden scheme, alongside grasses or late summer-flowering perennials, such as dahlias, which will provide interest when the plant has died back. 'Patty's Plum' contrasts particularly well with silver foliage plants. It will need staking, as it has a tendance to sprawl.

  • Garden care: Cut back to ground level after flowering. Lift and divide large clumps in autumn.

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    Can I grow Patty's Plum in a pot? If the answer is 'yes', please could you advise what type of compost and size of pot I will need. Thank you.
    Asked on 6/14/2014 by absolute novice from West Oxfordshire (with clay soil and dog

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      A:

      Hello,

      It may be possible using John Innes No2., however this plant will be much happier planted out in the ground.

      Answered on 6/19/2014 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 Sally
    Asked on 10/21/2009 by Sally Reay

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    • 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 Doctor

      Answered on 10/22/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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