Cleome CLEOME THIS spider flower
is a dramatic South American plant which provides long-lasting flowers on tall stems in the garden.
For containers and flower beds or borders, my favourite plants are Ageratum (fluffy mauve-blue flowers on short stems), Antirrhinums (snap-dragons for children - dead head for the best performance), Begonia semperflorens (summer long masses of red, white and pink flowers), Cleome (the spider flower
to give height to a display), Dianthus (choose a good one to add scent to the display), Gaillardia (for those really hot, sunny patios), Bedding Pelargoniums (sold as Geraniums - superb flower colours), Lobelia (huge variety of flower colours to act as a background to other bolder plants, Bedding Nemesia (annuals that flower their heads off), Nicotiana (scented flowers in their thousands).
A model plant for a biology curriculum: spider flower
(Cleome hasslerana L.
KNOWN as the spider flower
, Cleome spinosa is a stately plant up to 4ft tall, with clusters of delicately-scented spidery blooms 6-8in across in pink, rose, lilac, purple and white.
Zones 7-9, 14-17: For blooms by summer, sow seeds of alyssum, cosmos, gloriosa daisy, marigold, nasturtium, purple coneflower, spider flower
(Cleome hasslerana), and sunflower.
Some other notable plants which have a powerful presence in the Moon Garden are Helen Campbell spider flower
(Cleome spinosa 'Helen Campbell'), Casablanca and Aphrodite lilies (Lilium hybridum cult.
The traditional red rose became symbolic of passionate love, the less common spider flower
sent the message, 'Let's elope', while the agapanthis was a sign of secret love.
Serious hummingbird watchers place sugarwater feeders near their gardens, and spend hours tending to the hummers' favorite flowers such as phlox, salvia, spider flower
, trumpet honeysuckle and zinnia.
Has: Pink spider flower
, red poppy, love-lies-a-bleeding, apple of Peru, foxglove mixed.