Gypsophila elegans 'Covent Garden'

Gypsophila elegans 'Covent Garden' is a simple single gypsophila which could not be more different to the twee, top-heavy double form which is too widely used in flower arranging. I love this one, as a filler in the garden and vase. More
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Gypsophila elegans 'Covent Garden' is a simple, single gypsophila which could not be more different to the twee, top-heavy double form. This makes a wonderful filler flower in the garden and vase.

Seen here growing with blue cornflower, Centaurea cyanus 'Blue Boy'.

Genus Gypsophila
Group/Species elegans
Variety Covent Garden
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Annual Baby's Breath
Border Position Front, Middle
Soil Type Neutral, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained, Well-drained
Height 45cm (18in)
Spacing Plant 30cm (12in) apart.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover March, or direct April-June. Or sow under cover in autumn for earlier flowers the following year.
Care Tips Need very sharp drainage or they can be short lived. Can be grown in container pots.
Flowering June - August, 12 weeks from spring sowing.
Vase Life Lasts 5-7 days in the vase. Remove foliage beneath the waterline and sear stem ends in boiling water for 20 secs. Sensitive to Ethylene.
Harvesting Flower production: 8-10 weeks
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
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  • Flowers/Harvest
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Gypsophila elegans 'Covent Garden' reviews

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Susan

I sowed a tray of these. They did germinate well, but I didn't get them planted out early enough., so they just turned into a straggly mess and died in my greenhouse. Next time, I will sow them directly into a bed.

So pretty

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Reviewed 15th July 2017 by Lucy Craig

I will definitely be growing these again next season. Delicate, pretty and very long lasting. Some plants have gone a bit leggy but where they touched the soil they have rooted and set off again! Great value and a much commented on addition to my garden and flower arrangements.

Daughters Wedding

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Reviewed 21st May 2017 by roger gellett

Have been growing these since November to ensure i have cover for my daughters wedding. They are so easy to grow as every seed seemed to germinate. I now have 10 established plants in the garden so the wedding should be covered (June 24th). Beautiful flowers unlike any Gypsophila I have ever seen. accidentally broke off a stem with buds on it so i put in a small vase. Not only did it last over 7 days the buds came in to bloom..