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Easy cottage garden annuals for use both in gardens and for cut flowers. En masse, they create an ethereal effect in spring and summer, the flowers appearing to float among the filigree foliage – hence the romantic name ‘love-in-a-mist’.
Slender, upright plants carry white, pink, blue or violet flowers, each flower surrounded by a ‘ruff’ of feathery leaves. They are followed by inflated seed heads with horn-like protuberances.
These plants will grow in any garden soil (unless very wet) in sun. They can do well in poor, dry soils.
They dislike very heavy, permanently wet soil and will not flower freely in shade.
While removing faded flowers encourages further flowering, you can allow a few seed heads to develop for drying for winter decoration. The seed can be collected and sown next year.
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.