This traditional favorite annual bears loose, flat heads of intensely fragrant, deep lavender blooms. The plants prefer full sun and even moisture. And they will winter easily indoors. They open royal purple and slowly fade to lavender. Unlike other varieties bred for deeper color, 'Fragrant Delight' preserves the vanilla perfume that, to our mind, makes a Heliotrope a Heliotrope. Not suited to southern growing conditions; perennial in western zones 9-10.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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sandwichcake from New York, NY
I strongly recommend this plant. I have ordered Heliotrope 'Fragrant Delight' from WFF many times and am always happy when its fragrant, deep purple blooms appear. The vanilla scent is heavy, but does not travel far. I plant three of these every year in containers on the patio to enjoy Victorian, old-fashioned Heliotrope. I have one plant that is three years old and about four feet tall. I drag it into my apartment for winter, prune it back by half, place in a sunny corner of the kitchen and water sparingly. When June arrives I drag it back to the patio where it regrows to full height.
dragonpat from St Paul, MN
I had it planted in a big planter on my patio so I could smell it through the screen of the patio door. I could have it there because the deer walk right past it and don't eat it. I also planted in front of my bird bath. YOu could smell it even from the patio on warm humid nights. there is no deer protections around the bird bath so it was perfect for this location even though it is in dappled shade. There were some other plants that I planted near the bird bath that were supposed to be deer-resistant that the deer in my area thought were very yummy like columbines.
Terry from Midlothian, IL
This variety will make you want Heliotrope in your garden. When you smell that vanilla fragrance on a summer day you will never purchase another variety. Heliotrope hybrids with no fragrance...don't go there.
Grow in full sun (afternoon shade is recommended in Zone 10 and the warmest parts of Zone 9 in the West) and evenly moist soil. Plants in dry soil are susceptible to powdery mildew, an aptly named fungal disease. Remove flower clusters as they turn brown to encourage the formation of new ones. Hardy to Zone 9 (20°F). In cold-winter climates, bring plants indoors before frost and place them in an east or west-facing window in a cool room. Water just enough to keep plants from drying out completely. Set back outdoors after the danger of frost has passed in spring.
A standard is a woody plant trained to a long, single stem. The stem is crowned with a round head of foliage and flowers. This arrangement is beautiful but also unnatural, requiring a bit of effort on the part of the gardener to prevent gravity and the unrepressed inclinations of the plant from undoing the horticulturist's handiwork.
Staking a Standard: To keep your standard standing, put it out of reach of strong winds and support it with a stake that has a diameter at least as large as the stem's and long enough that when plunged into the pot or the ground it just reaches inside the head. Fasten the standard to the stake at several points with garden twine or green plastic tie tape looped in a figure-eight around stem and stake. Check the ties periodically during the growing season and loosen them if they constrict the outward growth of the stem.
Pruning, fertilizing, and repotting: Maintain the shape of the head with selective pinching of the new shoots (overzealous pinching will prevent the formation of flower buds). Pinch each shoot between thumb and forefinger or cut with pruning shears. Do not shear the plant as though it were a hedge. Fertilize standards grown in pots as you would other pot-grown plants. If you find that a standard in a container dries out quickly after watering, the plant probably needs a larger pot. Lift it from its current pot, make four deep vertical cuts in the root ball, and place it in a new pot that is 2in wider and taller than the old one, filling in around the root ball with fresh potting mix. Water thoroughly after repotting.
Overwintering a standard: Most standards require special care to overwinter. In cold winter climates, bring standards of Abutilon, Anisodontea, Fuchsia, Heliotrope, Lantana, and Rosemary indoors before frost and place them in an east- or west-facing window in a cool room. Water just enough to keep plants from drying out completely, and do not fertilize while plants are in this not-quite-dormant period. Set back outdoors in spring when nighttime temperatures remain consistently above 55°F.
Rosemaries will survive the winter in the ground in Zones 7 and warmer. In colder zones, bring your potted Rosemary indoors in the fall. Cut your Rosemary back by about one-third before bringing it indoors to overwinter. Do not repot it often as this causes shock. Place the plant in a spot that receives a lot of sun but that stays under 60°F. A cool, sunny enclosed porch is ideal. Keep the plant away from heat sources and on the dry side. Do not fertilize.
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