I'm leaning toward trying these.
I haven't read anything that would make me NOT get them. But thought I'd ask the experts before I pull the trig ger
-- Balloon Flower
-- English Mallow
-- Japanese Mount Fuji Dragonhead
Invasive? Easy care? Finicky?
I have had balloon flowers & they are so wonderful. The reason I said "had", the voles ate them. That was before I knew to use Permatil in the dirt to stop the little buggers. But you will love that plant!
My 1900s farmhouse:
I have balloon flowers and love how you touch them and they pop open and love them planted in the snow drops .
I have the balloon flowers in a few places and the deer leave them alone--they are very cute and I even had 1 reseed on it's own.
But my mallows are long gone since the deer would eat the flowers/buds most of the time.
They are pretty, though, and should reseed easily if you don't deadhead.
The balloon flowers haven't rebloomed after deadheading but the mallows will most likely bloom again.
I've never heard of the dragonhead. I looked it up and the flowers do look familiar, but I don't recognize the botanical name either. It does look pretty, though. It does look like it has a longer bloom period than the balloon flower.
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I have the dwarf balloon flowers.........not to fond of them because the bloom time is so short lived. They are true dwarfs and insignificant. I probably need to move them to a container for better enjoyment. I have found that they do not multiply and are definitely hardy, reliably returning every spring.
Mallow is hibiscis, right, or is it hollyhock, or both? Here in the south you have problems with rust on hollyhocks. Perennial hibiscis are beautiful and easy care!
Dragon Head is another name for Obedient Plant.....beautiful and reliable and aggressive here. I finally killed all of mine before it ate the yarden. I love it and would love to have it again if they'd ever modify one that wasn't invasive.
I'm not sure where you are or what zone. Just my take on your question.
Looked up the dragon head. Not same genus as obedient plant. Have never heard of it....so don't have info, but looks interesting. Love my baloon flowers.
OOPS, sorry.........obedient plant is also called False Dragon Head. I just looked it up. Sorry for the misinformation...thanks Jan for catching that.
I have no experience with the real Dragonhead.
ve, there is a white obedient plant that is not supposed to spread. It's called Miss Manners. I haven't tried it yet but it is on my list of plants to be considered in the furture.
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I LOVE balloon flowers....especially the tall blue ones. I bought mine from Bluestone Perennials several years ago. They are late to come out of the ground, so mark them for the winter.
Seems to me I vaguely remember that they don't like to be disturbed so I've never moved mine even tho they aren't in the ideal place.
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