Ipomoea x imperialis 'Sunrise Serenade'

Morning Glory

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Plant type

Half-hardy annual

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


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Plant details

This vigorous twining vine has beautiful cherry-red ruffled semi-double flowers that will open and close with the sunrise and sunset. It's a tropical cousin of the more familiar (and much less welcome) garden bindweed but as it's only half-hardy, there is no danger of it taking over the garden. It's ideal for covering trellises, fences and obelisks as it grows rapidly, covering up to 2m (6.6ft) within a single summer. It looks particularly impressive when allowed to grow over and through other shrubs. Plant in a warm, sunny sheltered spot and water moderately throughout the summer. Prompt deadheading will encourage a longer flowering period. Treat this vine as an annual plant and remove once it has died back.

Family: Convolvulaceae

Genus: Ipomoea

Species: x imperialis

Cultivar: Sunrise Serenade

Plant type: Half-hardy annual

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 320cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

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