Position – Sun or part shade
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period –Spring and Summer
Hardiness – Tender to fully hardy (dependant on variety)
Philotheca are dense evergreen shrubs with fragrant emerald green foliage and glorious pale pink or white flowers that emerge during spring or summer. They are best suited to flower beds, borders or pots within a cottage, informal or courtyard garden setting. You should expect to see Philotheca grow to an approximate height and spread of 2m (7’).
Philotheca are best planted in well-drained soil of chalk, clay, loam and sand. Prepare the planting area by digging a hole that is twice the width of the pot and just over the depth. Amend the native planting area with compost and mix well. Place your plant into the dedicated hole so that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil. Back fill and water thoroughly to settle into place. Philotheca are best suited to a sheltered position of full sun or part shade.
Water your shrubs once or twice per week when the soil becomes dry, especially during immaturity. Once into maturity Philotheca are relatively drought tolerant. Philotheca will also grow well in pots. There should be little need for pruning but this can be undertaken if your plants become untidy or misshapen.
It is possible to propagate Philotheca by semi-ripe cuttings or alternatively by seed.
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