I bought some perennial bedding plants at a giveaway price, and these particular ones were called joysticks - long thin stems grow from a grassy looking tuft and have flowers rather like spherical scabious on top. They are assorted shades of pink/purple. My Mum would like some, the garden centre has sold out and nobody seems to know what we're talking about. Any ideas?
Thrift - Armeria maritima? Not sure its classed as a bedding plant though.
Very similar, but the stalks are longer (about 2 foot) and the flowers are more ball like - it does look like an old type gear stick - they look quite like alliums from a distance. I know a photo would help, but the battery in the camera has gone - I am going to visit my Mum tomorrow and I was hoping to buy one on the way. Good guess though (and I had to google thrift to find out what it looked like, even though I have some). Thanks for trying ....
Actually no, not if they're 2 ft tall. Sorry brain not in gear yet, still in work mode.
The beastly camera would pack up just at the wrong moment (especially when I've just learned how to upload pictures to the site) I can see it's incredibly hard to guess from just my description, so thanks for trying.
Of course she is nutcutlet! I looked up armeria maritima and didn't have the intelligence to think that maybe they could be a different sort of thrift. Doh! Apologies Paula, you and nutcutlet are both garden gurus. Thank you very much, and Mum will be pleased too.
I like them and they deliver some interest at that height without filling the space up, too.
Aren't they? What lovely looking plants and I can imagine all sorts of uses for them
Didn't think they grew that tall, glad we could sort it out for you Sara
Shrubland park nurseries in Suffolk have them
Alsothatsilene fimbriata that Monty Don had at chelsea