One of the best silver decorative foliage varieties available, these drought tolerant plants will be covered in a mixture of large colourful blooms. Easy to look after and providing great results, they will flower all summer in sunny borders or patio containers.
Slightly later to flower than green foliage types and drought tolerant.
Sow February to April. Sow seed on the surface of lightly firmed, moist seed compost in pots or trays and cover the seed with a very fine sprinkling of vermiculite. Place in a propagator or warm place, and keep at a temperature of between 20-25C (68-77F). After sowing, do not exclude light as this helps germination. Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged; germination will usually take 14-30 days.
When large enough to handle, transplant seedlings into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays. Gradually acclimatise young plants to outdoor conditions for a few weeks before planting out after all risk of frost, 23-30cm (9-12in) apart or plant into baskets and containers of good multi-purpose compost.