| Various shades of red, scarlet, pink and orange are available, but the cultivar 'Patty's Plum' is much more subtle. |
The colour is best described as plum with greyish lilac overtones, and becomes more intense at the centre of the flower.They create a huge impact in the garden and associate well with iris, gypsophilia and roses.
| These fully hardy perennials bear divided, bristly leaves and ruffled flowers from late May and early June. By mid-summer, plants start to die down, and this can leave gaps in the border, but when interplanted with other late flowering perennials these close up any holes. |
Reaching 2 or 3 feet in height, oriental poppies thrive in most garden soils, and they are remarkably resistant to pests and diseases. They often throw up fresh leaves during Autumn and these overwinter well.
Plants will readily propagate by division in late summer or early spring, and root cuttings are also successful, but do not try to save seeds as most cultivars are sterile, or will produce inferior, weaker forms than the parent plant.