Nemesias have come along way in recent years, new varieties have appeared, many with larger flowers, and more variety in colours available, a wider selection make these showy plants even more attractive to gardeners.
These are a long flowering plant, fragrant, and they grow well in rock gardens, hanging baskets, containers and in the general garden border.
We think that they are at their best grown in containers, perhaps beneath a taller shrub, hanging baskets, in a mixed planting is also an excellent use for these colourful plants.
In cool to temperate climates, Nemesia will flower for months on end, from spring right through summer into autumn. They do like a humus rich moist soil, and in summer, or warmer climates they will benefit from some afternoon shade.
More heat tolerant varieties are becoming available with hybridisation.
Summary Care Information
- Height – To around 25 cm in height
- Spread – Will form a clump to around 75cm
- Soil – Humus rich moist.
- Position – Full sun to part shade.
- Flowering Time – Spring, Summer to Winter depending on climate
- Pruning – Cut back lightly after flowering to encourage a second flush of flowers.
- Fertiliser – A liquid seaweed applied every 3 weeks through the season will be beneficial.
- These are short lived perennial plants and will die back in winter. Often grown as annuals.
Although their are many varieties available for sale it is the colorful new cultivars that hold the most interest, they are available for sale from good nurseries from spring to summer. Varieties to look for include :
- Blueberry Ripple – A deep purple flower.
- Strawberry Ripple – Strawberry Pink to Red flowers.
- Lilac Berry Ripple – Violet to purple flowers
- Berries and Cream – Blue and white flowers.