February 18, 2016

Nierembergia

The adorable cup-shape flowers of nierembergia and its neat growth habit make it a useful annual flower for everything from containers to edging. Plant it in rows along the front of beds or borders for a crisp look (especially with the white types). Or use it in containers -- it's a great medium-height plant to visually tie together taller plants and cascading plants. Though it's usually grown as an annual, nierembergia is perennial in Zones 7-10.

genus name
  • Nierembergia
light
  • Sun
plant type
height
  • Under 6 inches,
  • 6 to 12 inches
width
  • To 2 feet wide
flower color
season features
zones
  • 7,
  • 8,
  • 9,
  • 10
propagation

Garden Plans For Nierembergia

More varieties for Nierembergia

'Augusta Blue Skies' nierembergia

Nierembergia 'Augusta Blue Skies' is wonderfully heat- and drought-tolerant with lavender-blue flowers all summer long. It grows 12 inches tall and 24 inches wide.

'Blue Eyes' nierembergia

Nierembergia 'Blue Eyes' bears silvery lilac-blue flowers with darker veins on a 10-inch-tall plant.

'Mont Blanc' nierembergia

Nierembergia 'Mont Blanc' is an award-winning variety with pure-white flowers on an 8-inch-tall plant.

'Purple Robe' nierembergia

Nierembergia 'Purple Robe' is an award-winning variety with violet-blue flowers on 10-inch-tall plants.

Plant Nierembergia with

Sweet alyssum, with its dainty, fragrant flowers, is often used in containers and hanging baskets to spill over the edges, creating a soft, frothy look. It's also a great edging plant because of its tidy, compact habit. Regardless of how you use it, sweet alyssum does best in spring and fall's cool conditions (or use it for winter color in very warm climates).In cool-summer conditions, such as the northern third of the United States, sweet alyssum will bloom steadily through the summer. It halts bloom in summer in warmer areas.

Many types of nicotiana are terrifically fragrant (especially at night) and are wonderful in attracting hummingbirds as well as fascinating hummingbird moths.There are several types of nicotiana, also called flowering tobacco because it's a cousin of the regular tobacco plant. Try the shorter, more colorful types in containers or the front of beds or borders. The taller, white-only types, which can reach 5 feet, are dramatic in the back of borders. And they're ideal for night gardens; they're usually most fragrant at dusk. These plants do best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil, and they may reseed.

With its intricate flowers and fine-texture foliage, nigella stands out in the garden. This delightful little annual blooms throughout the summer, and the seedpods are often used in dried-flower crafts. Nigella does best in full sun and well-drained soil. It often reseeds.

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