Godetias are one of the best loved of all hardy annuals; their gay colours and free-flowering habit have kept them favourites for many years. The funnel-shaped flowers crown the upright leafy spikes which are plentiful enough for both cutting and garden display. The tall varieties require staking and all Godetias need watering when the weather is dry.
VARIETIES: The garden varieties are hybrids of G. grandiflora, a native of California. For the middle of the border choose a mixture of tall doubles which grow about 2 ft high. Shorter and bushier are the popular ‘Sybil Sherwood’ (pink, edged white) and ‘Kelvedon Glory’ (salmon-orange). The Azalea-flowered varieties have wavy-edged double flowers and for the front of the border you can buy seeds of dwarf varieties.
SITE & SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil, but light or medium land is preferred. Choose a sunny spot.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 9 in. -2 ft. Spacing 9 in. -1 ft. Flowering period June – September.
PROPAGATION: Sow seeds in September or April where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.