• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Saponaria ocymoides

tumbling Ted

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
  • Other common names tumbling Ted
    basil soap-wort

    rock soapwort

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  • Synonyms Silene ocymoides

  • Family Caryophyllaceae

  • Genus Saponaria can be annuals or perennials, with opposite, entire leaves and small clusters of pink or purple flowers in summer

  • Details S. ocymoides is a vigorous mat-forming perennial to 8cm in height, with small semi-evergreen ovate leaves and loose clusters of pink flowers 10mm in width

  • Plant range C & S Europe

Characteristics

  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Mat forming

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect North-facing or South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height Up to 10 cm

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun

Propagation Propagate by seed and softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Gravel Garden Rock Garden Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Cut back hard after flowering to maintain compact habit

Pests Slugs and snails may be a problem

Diseases Generally disease free

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