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This colorful annual is grown as much for its leaves as its flowers. The soft green leaves closely resemble water lily pads, which adds a whimsical effect to the garden.
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From 6 inches to 3 feet
12 to 18 inches
Nasturtiums are easy-to-grow and work well in both garden and containers. Vividly colored blossoms pop against the gray-green foliage for an impressive effect when planted en masse. The flowers come in a spectrum of colors from creamy white to bold red. Some have delicately fringed leaves and resemble canaries and other small birds; hence the common name canary creeper. Adding the flowers to a salad or other dish for color also adds a bright, peppery taste. The large seeds can be pickled and used as a substitute for capers.
Nasturtium Care Must-Knows
Although there are several species of nasturtium with varying requirements, the most commonly grown species tend to be tough, like well-drained soil, and prefer regular watering. During droughts, they are prone to wilt, but once watered they bounce right back. If you plant nasturtiums in soil too rich in organic matter, the plants become floppy and produce fewer flowers because excess nutrients go to growing new leaves.
Much like beans in a vegetable bed, nasturtiums fall into a bush or vine category and need to be planted accordingly. Whether you opt for a bush or vine type, nasturtiums grow best in full sun. If planted in part sun plants may become floppy and open in the center and have fewer blossoms.
Nasturtiums are a great old-fashioned plant associated with cottage gardens, but there have been new developments. Much of nasturtium breeding centered on creating more garden-friendly plants, typically bush-type annuals. There are also many varieties with variegated foliage for layers of interest. Some of the most exciting developments revolve around color: introducing new ones and developing ones that change (e.g., opening light peach and fading to deep red).