Incarvillea mairei v. grandiflora
Why I love this plant:
• I'm a sucker for trumpet-shaped flowers: These are 3 inches long.
• The flowers and leaves are an eye-catching addition to the front of a border.
• The flowers bloom from May to July.
• I've never seen one like it.
• It comes back every year.
• It can be grown in all climates, but in very cold climates roots need to be dug up and stored inside, like dahlias.
How to plant it:
• This plant wants morning sun and afternoon shade.
• Use soil that drains quickly: Use 2 inches of compost and pumice mixed with soil.
• Don't let the plant dry out. It doesn't like to be soggy, either.
• Winter roots will rot in wet soil, so good drainage is essential.