Thursday, December 27, 2012

Gomphrena for Summer Weddings

The seed catalogs are coming, and garden plans for summer flower beds at Springwell Gardens are under way. One flower that  always finds a niche in the gardens is gomphrena.
  I usually grow the Audray Pink and Audray Red Purple, and sometimes the Bicolor Rose. 
 Their clover-like blooms are such charmers in bouquets and centerpiece designs.
The flowers start up in early summer and when things heat up in July, the plants really begin to crank out the blooms.
  And they don't stop until frost!
The designs in the pictures above also feature zinnias, dahlias and lisianthus.
A good source for seeds for the Audray series is Harris Seeds and the Bicolor Rose can be found online at Johnny's Select Seeds. Note: these flowers are GREAT for drying for Christmas and winter designs too!

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