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22/05/2012 at 11:49

We just picked up 5 light pink Fressia plants from the garden centre. The plan is to put them in an island cut into the lawn where they'll get full sun. They are about 9 inches tall. How far apart should they be planted? What other plants will look good with them? Will the foliage stay lush and green after flowering until the autumn? It's surprising how little little information there is on line!

22/05/2012 at 17:51

I have tried to grow them several times and failed miserably, they are supposed to be difficult and need quite specific conditions.

This article may give you an insight

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/9188282/An-inside-tip-for-freesias-at-Easter.html

I would have a back up plan of dahlias or pelargoniums.

23/05/2012 at 09:52

Oh dear, Kate -- that article says they like a bit of shade - which contradicts what the instructions on our plants say! Last night we planted them in our south-facing garden where they get full sun all day. I'll call the garden centre today to see what they recommend. Thanks!

23/05/2012 at 18:06

I've planted mine into a pot and they are coming along quite well. I've got them in the greenhouse at the moment so I'm keeping my fingers crossed as I have never grown them before. I hope they flower as they were my mums favourite.

23/05/2012 at 19:11

I planted some a few years ago. The ones I planted in the borders and in full sun, never came through. The ones in pots located in partical shade, just stunning !!

23/05/2012 at 20:18

They go well with Sparaxis - aka Harlequin flower. They are both the same shape, size, contrasting flowers and Sparaxis has no perfume, so does not detract from the wonderful Freesia perfume. Freesia in UK are best in full sun - esp if you want the perfume.

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