Gypsophila paniculata – Baby’s Breath
With the common name of ‘Baby’s Breath’, Gypsophila paniculata is probably better known as a cut flower than as a garden plant. However this long flowering plant has earned a place in many gardens.
The masses of flowers that cover the plant from spring to autumn add an airy touch to the garden.
Although this is a somewhat straggly plant, it does make up for its shortcomings with the wonderful display of flowers.
Cultivars include :
- Bristol fairy – Smaller flowers than some
- Perfecta – Large flowers
- Summer Snowflake – Small double white flowers
- Sparkles – semi double white flowers
- Flamingo – Small pink flowers.
Gypsophila paniculata Landscaping Uses
Grow it for cut flowers, or just for the mass display of dainty white flowers from late spring through to autumn.
A large clump in the garden border will as a light airy look, an excellent plant against a darker green background.
Gypsophila paniculata Care
Best grown in a warm sunny sheltered position, Gypsophila paniculata will reward the gardener with flowers for many months with a little care.
Gypsophila paniculata does require good light to flower well, so avoid overly shaded positions.
Regular applications of fertiliser from spring through summer, along with attention to watering will ensure a good flower display.
You can be prune plants back after flowering to encourage a stronger second flush. This can be carried out 2 – 3 times a season in good conditions.
Choose a sunny position and a deep fertile soil.
- Height – Will reach around 1m in height
- Spread – Will spread to around 1m
- Position – Full Sun to a little shade.
- Soil – Humus rich well drained with some moisture.
- Flower colour – White or pink
- Foliage – Mid to deep green.
- Frost tolerant – Yes
- Drought Tolerant – No