Great for long-lasting color in cottage or Irish gardens and containers and highly rewarding for beginning gardeners. Deadhead and trim back at end of season to keep it nice and neat.
Its narrow leaves remain grayish green throughout the season. BowlesMauveWallflower is a herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth.
Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring face plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and tends to be biennial, meaning that it puts on vegetative growth the first year, flowers the second, and then dies.
However, this variety tends to self-seed and will thereby endure for years in the garden if allowed, although because it is a hybrid, the seedlings may not come true to type. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water.
BowlesMauveWallflower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out.
Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent watering than they would in the yard or garden. This pretty perennial pops into bloom alongside crocus and daffodils producing a welcome burst of color to sunny borders.
Wallflowers are also fragrant which makes them especially appealing after a dreary winter. Wallflowers grow 12 to 24 inches tall and require excellent drainage, preferring the loose soil along a pathway or wall (hence their common name).
Butterflies and hummingbirds love the early banquet of blooms, too. Wallflowers prefer a sunny spot in the garden that's protected from drying winds.
The plants need quick drainage and will fail if allowed to sit in muddy soil. Wallflowers make great bedding or container plants paired with other early-blooming perennials or annuals.
Varieties: Our Favorites Bowles MauveWallflower Pale purple flower stalks and gray-green leaves make ‘ BowlesMauve wallflower a great choice for mild-winter regions. Winter Sun Wallflower Winter Sun wallflower blooms early in the season, showing off fantastic spikes of fragrant, golden-yellow blooms that are like a beacon in the garden.
Show all RatingContentPositiveOn Dec 24, 2016, Loren from Vancouver, WA wrote: Got a couple of these in the spring, just some cheapo like 5 bucks each or so at a regular nursery.
Here in winter in Vancouver WA (zone 8) they are nice and green, definitely are evergreens in our climate. Mine are in a wedge shaped spot between a walkway and a patio.
They're not picky about sun exposure, soil, or even water for that matter. A prolific bloomer, they are easily “heated up” by trimming off spent flower stalks.
I received one last year that was leggy, and the main trunk had split. It looks beautiful this year and is already blooming late March, in almost full shade.
I love the rounded shape that looks compact but natural. I just planted five more of them and already added an orange flowered one that took a little longer to get moving.
Position Jun 11, 2011, evident from salt spring island, Canada wrote: The BowlesMauve that l have in a dry sunny spot doesn't do quite as well as the ones in partial shade, but l've had a life-long love affair with them. As they propagate readily from cuttings and after early summer haircuts they keep on giving all summer long.
Wallflower BowlesMauve is one of the showiest and easy-care garden plants in my area and in much of California. It blooms heavily in spring with flowers covering the dome-like plants.
If the plants are sheared back in early summer when bloom becomes straggly, the plants send out new growth and some sporadic flowering during the rest of the year. They do “bloom themselves to death” and live around 3-5 years, but are readily replaced with fresh plants.
Sheared back plants are a good source of cuttings. Unlike the common English wallflower, this cultivar does not set much seed (but I have occasionally found some volunteer seedlings).
Easy to grow, Bowles's Mauve provides months of highly colorful blooms from mid spring through fall. Brilliant, rich mauve, four-petalled flowers are held in a dense raceme well above an attractive gray-green foliage that is evergreen in mild winter areas.
Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society Vigorous, this sub-shrub reaches 24-30 in. Wide (45-60 cm) Highly versatile, it and can be used as an edging specimen, mixed with other spring flowering bulbs and perennials in beds and borders, planted en masse or in containers.
It prefers sunny locations (but tolerates part shade, although it might succumb to leaf blight and downy mildew more easily) and enjoys poor to moderately fertile, alkaline, well-drained soils. This cultivar is named for one of the greatest English amateur gardeners, Edward Augustus Bowles.
Wallflowers, an essential ingredient of spring bedding, create a bright display and a rich scent, but are now mainly superseded by cultivars. With narrow, dark-green foliage and four-petalled, sweetly-scented, bright yellow-orange flowers produced in short spikes in spring, it is well-worth growing or indeed naturalizing in a hot dry spot.
This new gem from our ongoing breeding program possesses a full hand of aces! The seeds, collected individually as they ripen, should produce unique, enormous, hardy perennial plants which make strong stout stems, almost trunks, in their second year.
It is essential they are given room to grow unhindered in an open position, when they will spread out into a solid dome of branches clads in evergreen leaves. We respectfully point out that all of our hybrid seed, by its very nature, may produce occasional freaks and oddities.
We respectfully point out that all of our hybrid seed, by its very nature, may produce occasional freaks and oddities. From high on the mountains of the Canary Islands comes this ancestral relative of garden wallflowers.
Long, almost ever-blooming spikes of pinkish-lilac flowers, open on slender stems, above fine, grey-green foliage, which forms a low dense shrub, much wider than it is tall. It is completely drought tolerant in summer, thus ideal for a very sunny, well drained soil.