Posted: 21/08/2014 at 15:13
I too had to pick off the dead heads while the top one we just opening, but mostly lovely long spikes of flowers. I was torn between putting some in vases so I could enjoy them in the house and leaving them in the garden to make the neighbours jealous the weather decided for me as the wind had made them fall over. I never staked them (didn't like the look) planted them really deep in the hopes that would be enough. I think a move to the bed in front of the house will help with that next year.
I'm not sure about different varieties, I got these from Tesco (50 for £5, I think) All the first ones were the ones I the picture, now got peach, yellow and purple.
Such a lovely flower, had to patient though, took ages to come up. and weeks before the flower spike formed.
I don't think I will risk moving them until they hand died back completely, will wait for the experts input though!