The Teddington Gardener

Lilac hues in the glasshouse – Passiflora ‘Amethyst’

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Passiflora ‘Amethyst’- a tender, vigorous climber suitable for the conservatory.

A lilac/lavender cousin of the more usual blue Passiflora caerulea. (P. caerulea  is a hardy climber, more or less happy outside whatever the weather)

Of Amethyst – this beauty can survive outside, down to 0°C, if the new wood has had time to mature over a long summer but could still be cut back, almost down to the ground each year, if grown outside. Mulch heavily if it is outdoors. Inside, as here, it will be an evergreen presence with a long period of flower – bright orange fruit too. A white cultivar, Constance Elliott, would also appreciate a glasshouse life but might be more successful outside.

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