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Iberis ‘Snowsurfer Forte’
(Candytuft)

£18.00

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Great for wildlife
Award Winner
25cm x 60cm
Sun
Fully Hardy

On the nursery we love this early-flowering evergreen perennial for its clusters of pure white flowers resembling drifts of snow when planted en masse from March. Snowsurfer Forte’s low, cascading habit makes it a great rockery or ground cover plant. This versatile pollinator magnet can be planted in baskets, containers or at the front of borders too.

 

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Description

Iberis 'Snowsurfer Forte' takes centre stage in our curated collection, meticulously chosen by our horticultural team for its early flowering and versatile characteristics. This perennial gem, also known as Candytuft, boasts a profusion of pure white flowers that blanket the compact mound of evergreen foliage. Recognised for its outstanding ability to provide forage for a wide variety of pollinating insects, 'Snowsurfer Forte' has earned the prestigious RHS Plants for Pollinators Award. Standing at an average height of 25-30 cm, this low-growing perennial serves as a charming ground cover or front-of-border feature. Its versatility extends to a wide range of garden styles, effortlessly complementing Coastal Gardens, Cottage Gardens, Informal Gardens, Rock Gardens, Gravel Gardens, borders, or containers with its pristine white appearance. We feel it provides excellent Garden Edging or hangs beautifully over hanging baskets or patio containers. It is an excellent 'filler' plant for those gaps in your borders. 'Iberis 'Snowsurfer Forte' adapts well to full sun and well-drained soil, thriving in conditions typical of many garden settings in the UK. Its resilience and easy maintenance make it an excellent choice for both new gardeners and experienced gardeners. Beyond its visual attraction, 'Snowsurfer Forte' also contributes to the ecological balance of your garden by attracting pollinators, fostering a lively and vibrant ecosystem. At our nursery, we value plants that not only bring visual delight early in the season, but also enhance the overall health of your outdoor space.

Planting Conditions

For a flourishing Iberis 'Snowsurfer Forte,' begin with well-drained soil, slightly alkaline to neutral. Select a sunny spot, offering at least 6 hours of sunlight daily, and enrich the soil with organic matter for optimal growth. Ensure proper spacing by planting these perennials 12-18 inches apart, promoting air circulation. Early Spring or Autumn sets the stage for successful establishment. With these planting conditions, your garden is poised to showcase the 'Snowsurfer Forte's exquisite white blooms. Keep the watering can handy and watch as this perennial beauty transforms your garden into a haven of pristine elegance.

Watering & Feeding

When caring for Iberis 'Snowsurfer Forte,' maintain soil moisture through regular watering, especially during dry spells. Keep the soil consistently moist but avoid waterlogging. As for feeding, this resilient perennial doesn't demand much. A balanced, slow-release fertiliser applied in early Spring provides ample nutrients for healthy growth. However, moderation is key to prevent excessive lushness. With a mindful approach to watering and modest feeding, 'Snowsurfer Forte' will reward you with its long-lasting charm, producing waves of delicate white blooms that stand as a testament to your attentive care in the garden.

General Care

Iberis 'Snowsurfer Forte' thrives with simple yet diligent care. Regular deadheading, the removal of spent blooms, encourages continuous flowering and maintains a neat appearance. Monitor for potential pests like aphids, slugs, snails and caterpillars ensuring prompt intervention if needed. Additionally, keep an eye out for diseases, addressing any signs promptly to maintain the plant's health, generally however, Iberis are disease-free. Adequate spacing of 12-18 inches between plants fosters proper air circulation, reducing the risk of many fungal issues. This resilient perennial generally requires minimal care beyond these considerations, allowing you to enjoy the lasting beauty of its snowy white blossoms with ease in your garden.