My plants were shipped across country to Oregon in two boxes. the only hitch was that the shipping company decided to put the boxes on different trucks and one truck arrived several days later. Despite that the plants all arrived in good condition, due largely to the care taken in preparing them for shipping at Romence. The second problem was that the landscaper put the drippers in backwards for some of the plants. There is a distinct difference in the appearance of the Centranthus that got regular water and the ones that got none. It's a testimony to their hardiness that they survived some of the hottest, dry days of the summer.
Centranthus ruber 'Pretty Betsy'
- Red blossoms throughout summer
- Flowers are scented
- Infrequent pests or diseases
This woody-based perennial is valued for its showy clusters of star-shaped, rose-red blooms that perform well even in poor soils. It has a bushy, clump-forming habit and the flowers are fragrant. If not deadheaded, fluffy dandelion-like seeds will be produced and disbursed.
Uses: Naturalizing, Mass Planting, Landscapes, Borders,Prevents erosion on banks and slopes
Nature Attraction: Butterflies
Notable Features: Good Cut Flower, Fragrant, Long Blooming
Growth Habit: Clump-forming
Homeowner Growing Tips: Deadhead or shear back plants after blooming to prevent the spread of seeds if desired. This will also encourage additional blooming. Grow in well-drained soils. Can tolerate dry soil once established and can thrive in poor, infertile soils.
It only asks for lean soil and sunshine.