Papaver orientale 'Royal Wedding'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moist, well-drained
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: May to July
- Flower colour: white with a black blotch
- Other features: dried seed-heads are useful for flower arrangements
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Garden care: Cut back to ground level after flowering. Lift and divide large clumps in autumn.
Exquisite, white flowers each with a black centre, top downy, upright stems in early summer. This striking oriental poppy will flourish in any sunny, well drained border, however it looks particularly good in a contemporary setting where the colour range has been restricted to whites and silvers.
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Q:Hello, took delivery of two royal wedding poppies from you in spring as well as about 12 other plants to build a blue, white and silver border. All have done well except the poppies. It's a full border and the poppies back on to a large conifer. They get sun for most of the day, they have plenty of leaves and they have thrown up several flower stems with buds on but they turn brown and die off before flowering. Ay idea what the problem is. ThanksAsked on 8/11/2013 by Whitey from Longridge lancs
If there are no obvious signs of pests and diseases, then I suspect the problem is being caused by the conifer behind. This will be taking up lots of the available water in the soil, and many drop acidic needles onto the ground beneath. Because of this, it is often quite difficult getting any plant established next to a conifer, so your best option may be to move them to another spot.Answered on 8/12/2013 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 10/21/2009 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 10/22/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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