Plant name - Lavatera - also known as Mallow
Awarded an RHS Award of Garden Merit
Plant size - Height up to 1.5m and spread to 1.5m
Hardiness - Hardy down to -5c
Ideal for - Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance or for Underplanting
Position - Full Sun
Flowering - Summer
Pot Size - 17cm
Soil - any - well drained
Description - The flowers are large, open blooms, in white or pink and are great for attracting bees and other pollinating insects. With their long flowering season, lavateras are good for filling gaps or including in a summer container display.
Deadhead plants through the summer to encourage more flowers. Cut perennial varieties back in autumn and mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost. The shrubby varieties can cope with a mild frost, but will struggle if the thermometer dips below -5°C. Prune in early spring to encourage flowers on new season’s growth.