Star of the Season: Willowy Windflower22 March 2021 Sandra Ross
Lovely in a shaded border or woodland, or as an under-storey plant, the waving stems of the Japanese windflower are one of the many joys of the autumn garden.
Windflowers are easy to grow and flower reliably every year as long as they get enough summer moisture. And they tolerate frost.
Twin border of white windflowers at Lambley Nursery and gardens, Creswick Victoria.
Flowers can be double or single, pink or white. Stems are sturdy and tall and move in the breeze. They grow best in a semi-shaded spot in the garden, such as under trees. Some varieties will grow to 1.2 m and make really good as cut flowers. Long-lasting, they are one of the many joys of the autumn garden.
Plant your windflowers in soil that is fertile and moist, with plenty of added organic matter. Apply some liquid fertiliser in late summer when buds are forming. When flowers are spent, cut the stems right back to the base, leaving a low rosette of leaves. It can take a year for new plants to establish, as they resent root disturbance.
Honeysuckle Nurseries in Mosman and Turramurra, Sydney are selling Bowles Pink, Pamina and white. Bowles Pink is deep cerise pink and grows 50cms, Pamina has deep rose double blooms and grows to 1m. Lambley Nursery sell a compact variety called ‘Marchenfee’, with single soft pink flowers and growing to 60cm; adorable!