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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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Scaevola Suntastic: New from Jersey Plants Direct

Posted by Graham Rice on 28 Feb 2011 at 01:34 PM

Scaevola,yellow,suntastic, Image ©WesthoffOne of the most dependable and colourful of the many new patio plants for containers that have arrived with us in recent years is Scaevola. Its naturally trailing habit and prolific flowering is invaluable. Early introductions, however, proved rather ungainly, with poor branching, but recent introductions have been much better behaved.

The early varieties were also all blue or purplish blue. These were followed by white flowered forms and then by pink. This year sees the arrival of Suntastic (click the picture to enlarge), the first scaevola with yellow flowers – and it looks delightful.

Each flower is actually a two-tone yellow: darker yellow towards the centre of each bloom and paler yellow at the edge. The older flowers down at the base of the stems fade slightly so the overall effect is of a range of shades from deep yellow to cream. The foliage is deep green and sets off the flowers well.

It has to be said that flowers are not as large as those of some of the blue-flowered varieties – but the plant is less vigorous than some of those as well, they can get out of hand.

So, where does it go in the garden? This looks to be a great plant for hanging baskets and for large mixed containers. Scaevolas are robust plants so can take competition from other flowers. Try them, perhaps, with yellow or white petunias to create a cool effect or with for a bolder display with ivy-leaved geraniums in red or burgundy. Personally, I’d like to try them with the limey yellow foliage of Helichrysum petiolare ‘Limelight’.

You can order Scaevola Suntastic from Jersey Plants Direct.

Image © Westhoff. Thank you.


sue1002 said:

That's a lovely looking plant Graham and something a bit different for hanging baskets.  Would you know if seeds are available for these yet?

on 28 Feb 2011 at 07:20 PM