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Gypsophila paniculata 'Bristol Fairy' (d)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

baby's breath 'Bristol Fairy'

Family

Caryophyllaceae


Gypsophila can be annuals or perennials, sometimes evergreen, with narrow, greyish leaves and large sprays of small flowers

'Bristol Fairy' is an herbaceous perennial to 1.2m in height, making a broad mound of slender stems with narrow, grey-green leaves and large, open panicles of pure white double flowers 12mm in width in summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in a deep, light, preferably alkaline, very well-drained soil in full sun; dislikes winter wet

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by the specialised root grafting in late winter. Here scions of stem are grafted onto sections of root.

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers or Gravel Garden


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering to encourage a second flush of flowers

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by a stem rot