Diascia

TwinSpur

These increasingly popular South African perennials are good-looking, vigorous and quick to fill out. The long blooming cloud of pink to peach to lavender-colored flowers make these gracefully spreading plants perfect for containers.

<i>Diascia</i> ‘Blackthorn Apricot’

The striking color of these good-sized flowers will remind you of delicious summer peaches. Held about 6 in. above the fine dense mat of dark green foliage, they blend beautifully with Nepeta ‘Kit Kat’ and Scutellaria ‘Moonbeam’. Take advantage of this cultivar’s vigorous growth in a rock garden or in the front of a border with Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ and Salvia sinaloensis.

Blooms April–October.

Size: 12" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

‘Blue Bonnet’ forms a compact mound of slender, dark green, glossy triangular foliage that gracefully softens the edge of our garden path. The unique blooms are quite painterly: pink infused with blue, like a watercolor portrait, and highlighted by a cluster of bright yellow stamens.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 8" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Diascia</i> ‘Coral Belle’

Highly saturated coral pink spurred flowers, each adorned with a yellow spot on its upper petal, are held gracefully above a tidy mound of handsome broad leaves. For elegant contrast in foliage and form, pair with Schizostylis ‘Alba’.

Blooms May–mid-October.

Size: 12" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

The pearly blooms of this recent British selection herald an exciting new color within the Twinspurs. Arising from close-knit, grayish green linear foliage, the wiry 18 in. stems display myriad flowers that open with pinkish hints, and soon pale to nearly white. Let ‘Blush’ colonize a well drained spot atop a stone wall, where its carefree stance brings charm to such plants as Dracocephalum ‘Fuji Blue’ and Antirrhinum sempervirens.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 18" high x 18" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

An inspiring new breakthrough discovered in South Africa’s Drakensberg Mountains, this vigorous Plant Select introduction broadens the hardiness range of the genus, showing exceptional tolerance to both hot and cold temperatures. From spring until frost, upright and fine textured, green foliage bolsters an abundance of coral pink wands brimming with luscious flowers enhanced by darker pink centers. A stalwart beauty that easily graces an array of sites, ‘Coral Canyon’ can be planted next to Kniphofia ‘Vanilla’ and Phygelius ‘African Queen’.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 15" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Diascia integerrima</i> ‘Pink Adobe’

Evoking images of New Mexico’s plastered adobe walls, the uniquely colored, pale salmon pink flowers with maroon throats offer a head turning, nonstop display for months on end. Relaxed stems clad in needle-like green foliage form a tightset, deep green mound that is reliably cold hardy. Originating from a group of seedlings at High Country Gardens, this sturdy, small-sized gem appreciates a midsummer trim and rich garden soil.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 15" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Rosy purple masses of small comely blossoms and linear narrow green leaves set this low growing charmer apart from the more commonly known pink and apricot blooming Diascias. ‘Langthorn’s Lavender’s diminutive form can be tucked along the front of the border or into a crevice, where its perky summer-long floral parade, riding atop upright stems, makes a delightful color echo with the plumes of Astilbe c. ‘Pumila’.

Blooms June-October

Size: 8" – 12" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

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