Can Wallflowers Be Grown In Pots

Paul Gonzalez
• Thursday, 17 December, 2020
• 8 min read

Wallflowers (Elysium), are commonly grown as a spring bedding plant. They flower the following March, offering a splash of color when there’s little else in bloom.

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Perennial wallflowers are also available, and have become increasingly popular in recent years. Varieties such as ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ and ‘Winter Orchid’ flower almost continually throughout the year, making them great value in small gardens.

Perennial wallflowers are a great source of nectar, so can provide a reliable source of food for pollinators over a long season. Grow wallflowers in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.

Sow biennial wallflowers annually in late spring and plant them out in autumn. Cut back periodically to maintain a good shape and promote flowering.

Take cuttings regularly to ward against losses. Wallflowers do best in moist but well-drained soils, in a sunny location.

They’ll tolerate partial shade. Bedding (biennial) wallflowers work well when planted with spring bulbs such as tulips and daffodils, and can also be grown in pots.

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Perennial wallflowers are best planted towards the front of a mixed ornamental border. Wallflowers with well with a number of other spring-flowering plants, including daffodils.

Perennial varieties are best grown from young plants. It’s a good idea to add a handful of grit to the planting hole to aid drainage.

Find out how to plant bedding wallflowers in autumn, in these Gardeners’ World clip with Monty Don: Perennial wallflowers are sterile and therefore won’t set seed, but they’re very easy to propagate from cuttings.

Find out how to grow wallflowers from seed, in these Gardeners’ World clip with Monty Don: Perennial wallflowers cope well with cold weather and short bouts of frost.

However, they don’t cope well with wet and windy winters, so make sure the soil is well drained and protect from wind. Wallflowers are part of the brassier family and therefore can be prone to club root and other diseases that affect this family of plants.

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Downy mildew, leaf blight and flea beetles can cause problems; and beware slug and snail damage to young plants. Perennial wallflowers are quite short-lived and can become woody, so it’s a good idea to take cuttings annually to insure against losses.

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Most wallflower plants are of the genus Elysium, with some types being from Characters, sometimes called Wildflower. Wallflower plants have perky spring blooms, often in shades of yellow and orange.

Newer cultivars of the wallflower garden plant come in shades of pinks, purples and blue; some varieties have chocolate or crimson blooms. Perennial wallflower plants are grown as annuals in colder zones.

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But they retain evergreen foliage in USDA gardening zones 8-10, which may have a silvery tint. Cover seeds lightly or simply press them into moist soil.

Once sprouted, some gardeners cover with netting about 8 inches (20 cm.) Grow wallflower plants in a sunny or partly shaded location.

Wallflower care includes the pinching back of spent blooms. You’ll find wallflowers are a simple, colorful and sweet-smelling addition to the garden.

Monty Don advised on nurturing wallflowers in an extract from one of his books British gardening expert said he adds grit to his rich Hereford shire loam He also shared his top tips for a safe garden bonfire ahead of Guy Fawkes night Monty revisits one of his classic books, Gardening at Long meadow, in an occasional series.

They like good drainage and suffer badly if they sit all winter in wet ground, so I add extra grit to my rich Hereford shire loam. British gardening expert Monty Don, shared his advice for nurturing wallflowers this autumn.

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Botanical Name Elysium Common Name Wallflower Plant Type Perennial, annual Mature Size 1 to 3 feet tall Sun Exposure Full sun, part sun Soil Type Sandy, well-drained Soil pH 7.0 to 9.0 Bloom Time Spring, summer, fall Flower Color Yellow, orange, purple, pink, blue Hardiness Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 Native Area Southern Europe Elysium 'Bowles's Mauve' Treasure / Getty Images Wallflowers (Elysium) are a part of the cabbage family, Brassicaceae, which makes them closely related to popular calciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, turnips, cabbage, and more. Gardeners in northern climates should choose locations that receive direct sun, whereas gardeners in southern climates should choose locations that receive some shade to give the wallflowers a break from the intense southern rays.

In fact, wallflowers got their name because they were often found growing in the silty mortar between rocks and bricks on the sides of walls. Planting wallflowers in soil that holds too much moisture will cause them to drown and die quickly.

For best results, mix compost into the soil when you are first planting and apply an all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring and mid-summer. Some wallflower species will reseed themselves, but most varieties will need to be manually re-sown (see “Growing from Seeds” below).

For best results, dip the cutting in a rooting hormone before planting back in soil or compost. Prune them back so there is only a couple of inches left above the soil, and they will reward you with dense new growth once temperatures warm up again.

Wallflowers make excellent container plants as they are low-maintenance and don’t require too much water. Ensure your container has adequate drainage, so the wallflowers do not drown as they do not tolerate having their roots sit in water.

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Pair wallflowers with plants such as daffodils and tulips in container gardens as they flower at the same time. Growing wallflowers in containers is great for gardeners in colder regions as they can easily be brought indoors for the winter.

As a part of the Brassicaceae family, wallflowers are susceptible to a host of common garden pests just like their vegetable cousins. However, wallflowers are better suited to dry growing conditions than their Brassicaceae relatives, which inadvertently helps to prevent pest infestations.

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