What are the pros? variety, deer proof
What are the cons? fell over inhigh winds
Despite only growing to two or three feet tall for me, not five like others have stated, they were quite the statement and bloomed all summer and into the fall. It's the second week in October now and they're growing strong, still giving us cut flowers and brightening up the garden.The color is a beautiful rich purple, with some blooms being dark and some hot magenta-pink, with bright green foliage. Some blooms are very thick dahlia-type flowers, others single or double or somewhere in the middle. It's a nice variety of shapes and shades.
They fell over when the winds got high and need to be staked up but all survived. The plants naturally grew a few blooms per one plant with a few branches and slightly twisted shapes, if you trim some blooms they'll give you lots more and I have a feeling that a less windy spot would help them grow taller and straighter. They were one of the more drought and heat tolerant plants in the garden this year, and the deer left them alone!
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