Lovely shrub native to Asia with large, showy flowers in a gorgeous shades of mauve purple. Very easy to maintain and trouble free, it only needs a light prune to keep it in shape and encourage the best show of flowers the following year.
Height: 3.5m, Spread: 2.5m
Position: Full sun in any soil except waterlogged
Packet of 30 seeds
Pre-Sowing Instructions: Soak in warm water for 12 hours or until seeds swell.
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of year, except early to mid-summer. Sow very thinly 3mm seep in moist, free-draining, quality seed compost. Propagate at 20-25C in a propagator, greenhouse or on a windowsill sealed in a polythene bag. Germination should take place in 30-60 days and can be erratic, hence the need to sow thinly so that seedlings can be removed without disturbing the compost too much.
Growing Instructions: When the seedlings are large enough to handle, pot up individually into small pots (7-9cm) and grow on in well-ventilated, cooler conditions. Overwinter if necessary in a frost free place. When established, gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions before planting out in late spring in a sunny position in any soil except very waterlogged.