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Golden Bedder Wallflower Seedlings

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Pot Grown Herbaceous Biennials
  • Colour: Golden Yellow/Orange
  • Scent: Excellent
  • Flowering: March - July
  • 8 plugs ready to plant out
  • Delivery/Planting: October-November
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Wallflower, Golden Bedder

Golden Bedder Wallflowers are hardy plants that flower in late spring. They produce clusters of bright yellow-orange flowers on upright stems with dark-green foliage. These beautiful wallflowers are wonderfully fragrant and look great in flower borders, courtyard gardens and pots.

Our range of golden bedder wallflowers are sold as a pack of 8 plugs. These are ready to be planted out on delivery.

Golden Bedder is a self-seeding biennial, that will come back year after year.

Wallflowers complement tulips wonderfully well and, joyously, they can be planted at the same time. In particular, Golden Bedder will go very well with one of the darker tulips such as Blackjack or Queen of Night for a classic purple/yellow contrast.

Features:
  • Type: Hardy Biennial
  • Colour: Yellow/Orange
  • Scented: Strong
  • Delivery/Planting: October - November
  • Flowering: March - July

Cultivation Instructions

Have a look at our video on planting wallflowers and tulips together. Plant your tulips deep if you are not going to lift them after flowering. We recommend covering them with 10 cms (4") of soil. This has two benefits. First, you can plant wallflowers over the top of them next year without fear of digging them up/damaging them. Second, deep planting helps tulips concentrate on building up their strength for flowering the following season.

Plant Cloth of Gold in early winter in well-drained soil in full sun. Wallflowers are members of the cabbage family, Brassica, and so prefer alkaline soil. They are called Wallflowers because they grow very happily in walls or in the limey grit at the foot of an old wall where the pointing and mortar have disintegrated. If your soil is acidic then add horticultural lime in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
They are greedy plants and appreciate well-rotted garden compost dug into the planting area. They are extremely hardy and overwinter happily in their final flowering positions. If you have plug plants, you could pot them up (we suggest 9cm pots), overwinter them outdoors, and then plant into containers in early spring. If you already have seedlings in 9cm pots they can be potted straight into their planting location.

Always water well after planting and do not let them dry out (especially important in containers). 

They grow away fast as the days begin to lengthen in January / February and then will flower continuously from March well into summer provided they are dead-headed. So moisture during dry spells is important as is full sun because they Hate shade. Try to position them where there be direct sun for at least 6 hours a day in summer.

As you are buying seedlings, you can plant your wallflowers into their final flowering positions immediately. Space your plants about 30 cms apart and (in a bed) plant them in drifts. The show is far more impressive when they are massed.

Depending on location, soil and variety, wallflowers may need support. We suggest you do this next year as in sheltered spots it should not be necessary at all.

As flowers develop cut them or dead head when they are over and your wallflowers will carry on flowering well into July. A good specimen can produce a couple of dozen flower heads in a season.

To maintain flower quality and size, you can use a high potash and phosphate fertiliser every fortnight throughout summer. Home-made comfrey tea is perfect or one of the specialised tomato fertilisers will also do very well.

Do not be tempted to keep wallflowers into another year. The older they get, the greater the risk of introducing club-root. They also get leggy and lose their appeal by their second spring, so compost them at the end of July or the beginning of August.