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This old-fashioned cottage garden plant has been prized for decades for its impressive, abundant hanging flowers. In recent years, kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate has seen a resurgence in popularity, often being found in heirloom plant catalogs. Generally, you can plant it once, and it will reseed for years to come.
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With its long chains of pink blossoms, kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate is a great large-scale addition to a garden. Often beginning to bloom in midsummer, this plant will continue to bloom until fall. It's a favorite cut flower and can be dried and used in floral arrangements. You can find varieties in dark pink and occasionally white. While not the main reason for growing kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate, its large, coarse-textured foliage can create a backdrop for other plants. This fast-growing plant can grow to 7 feet tall and can be used as a quick screen when grown densely in groups.
Kiss-Me-Over-The-Garden-Gate Care Must-Knows
Because of its height, this plant is not usually available in 6 packs in garden centers. If you are interested in growing kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate, it is best to start plants from seed. This is a fairly easy process but there is one thing to keep in mind: kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate requires stratification in order to germinate. Stratification simply means providing seeds with a cold period to simulate winter and help break their dormancy. There are a few ways this can be done. One of the easiest is to allow them to experience a natural winter by sowing seeds in the fall where you would like them to grow the following year. You can also give them a simulated winter by storing seeds in the refrigerator or freezer for a short period of time. After the seeds have gone through their chilling process and begun to germinate, it is best to thin them out since they will become quite tall and large.
Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate will achieve the most-impressive growth in fertile, well-drained soil. It can also tolerate poor soil as long as it is not too wet. The plant is best grown in full sun conditions to help plants remain sturdy and prevent floppy plants. This will also help to encourage more flowers and the densest foliage.
Even with its impressive height, kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate does not require staking. It also does not require deadheading and will continue to bloom throughout the growing season without slowing down. Be sure to keep in mind that any flowers kept on plants will reseed in the garden and grace you with their presence for years to come.