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Polyanthus ‘Stella Scarlet Pimpernel’


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Easy Care
30cm x 15cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Fully Hardy

Polyanthus ‘Stella Scarlet Pimpernel’ is our garden romantic, boasting red blooms from January to May. This easy-to-grow perennial is a favourite among gardeners for its resilience and vibrant display. The sweet fragrance not only pleases humans but also attracts bees, enhancing pollination. With its early blooms, ‘Stella Scarlet Pimpernel’ is a delightful burst of colour, making it a perfect choice for a lively and inviting Spring garden.

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Polyanthus 'Stella Scarlet Pimpernel', provides an exquisite display, boasting delicate rosy red bell-shaped blossoms that evoke a sense of early Springtime excitement. As a charming member of the primrose family, this perennial beauty thrives in various garden designs, including cottage and informal gardens, patio containers, and flower borders. Its compact, clump-forming nature makes it an ideal choice for adding a touch of elegance to city and courtyard gardens. The lush, green foliage provides a stunning backdrop to the intensely vivid blooms, creating a blend of colours that we particularly enjoy seeing so early in Spring. 'Stella Scarlet Pimpernel' offers a sweet fragrance that complements its visual appeal, inviting pollinators to enjoy your early Spring garden. Whether planted as a colourful ground cover or featured in containers, this Polyanthus is a versatile addition to your garden. Our horticultural experts have carefully selected 'Stella Scarlet Pimpernel' for its colourful and long-lasting blooms, ensuring a reliable and delightful performance year after year. The pop of colour from January to May allows this Primrose to shine alone in dappled shade, but we love to see it paired with Hellebores or planted in patio pots.

Planting Conditions

To create an ideal environment for flourishing Polyanthus 'Stella Scarlet Pimpernel' we advise adhering to a few planting conditions; choose well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH to support optimal growth. This perennial delights in full sun and partial shade, offering a balance that shields it from intense sunlight. Select a sheltered spot for planting, during early Spring or in Autumn, but avoid planting in frosts to ensure a successful establishment. By following these few tips, featuring the right soil composition, partial shade, and strategic timing, you guarantee a captivating display of 'Stella Scarlet Pimpernel' Polyanthus red blooms for years to come.

Watering & Feeding

Nurturing Polyanthus 'Stella Scarlet Pimpernel' involves a balanced approach to watering and feeding. Maintain well-drained soil, allowing it to slightly dry between watering to prevent waterlogged conditions as this level of hydration supports robust growth. Feed with a balanced fertiliser in early Spring to fortify the plant's health and promote vibrant blossoms. Consistent moisture and regular feeding create an optimal environment for this easy-to-grow 'Stella Scarlet Pimpernel' Polyanthus, ensuring a continuous flurry of its romantically red blooms.

General Care

Efficient care for Polyanthus 'Stella Scarlet Pimpernel' involves little strategic practices. Ensure well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH, providing optimal growing conditions. Partial shade shields it from intense sunlight, contributing to its thriving health. Consistent moisture is crucial, achieved by allowing the soil to slightly dry between waterings. Light pruning, if needed, helps maintain a tidy appearance. Regular deadheading ensures continuous blooming, enhancing the plant's longevity and charm. This variety is generally resistant to pests and diseases, but monitor for common issues like aphids or powdery mildew and address promptly if observed.