A delightful clump forming evergreen plant ideal for edging, container culture or simply adding colour to the front of garden beds and rockeries. Tall, leafless stems of deep cerise coloured flowers cluster together to form impressive round globes from late winter through spring which last well if cut for fresh posies. The attractive foliage comprises of broader leaves than normally found in this family providing an interesting textural presence year round.
Armerias are a hardy perennial found in a range of soil types and climatic conditions around the world ranging from storm-swept coastal zones through to alpine meadows.
Prefers a full sun position in a friable, well drained soil. Although dry tolerant once established occasional deep watering through extended periods of heat will maintain a more robust performance. No pruning required although removing spent flower stems will encourage further displays. Feed with a slow release fertiliser in spring.
Rock or gravel gardens, containers, edging for paths or garden beds, japanese style gardens, small filler for perennial borders.
Armerias are low growing and therefore should always be planted towards the front of a garden display to be visible. In containers they can be planted alone, mixed with taller growing plants or those with broader foliage for contrast. Stunning effects can be achieved when mass planted as a ground cover or planted in groups of 3 to 5 to created drifts.
Plant Partners: Plants which require similar growing conditions which are also complementary include: Daylilies, Salvias, Veronica, Phlox
Colour Schemes: For soft harmony: other shades of pink, purples - any shade, blues - any shade, white. For vibrant contrasts: deep purples or blues, orange, lime (usually foliage plants) or bright yellow.