This charming blossom is a delightful small treasure, highly cherished for its role in bouquets. With its delicate sprays of petite 1/2″ single blooms in the purest shade of white, it brings a touch of sweetness to the cottage garden. These airy flowers gracefully intertwine among more robust blooms, adding a gentle and enchanting presence. When paired with cornflowers or other floral companions, it exudes even more charm and beauty, surpassing the typical, heavy double-flowered forms.
How To Grow
‘Covent Garden’ offers a more delicate variation of the familiar double-flowered baby’s breath commonly seen in floral shops. It serves as a perfect addition to wildflower bouquets and adds a charming touch as a border or bedding plant in cottage gardens. To encourage a fuller and bushier growth habit, it is recommended to pinch back new growth, and regular trimming will promote an extended period of flowering.
For optimal growth, allow a final spacing of 1 foot between plants. ‘Covent Garden’ requires a moderate amount of water, approximately 1 inch per week. The ideal soil pH range is neutral to slightly alkaline. Prior to planting, if the soil is particularly poor, incorporating an inch or two of compost can improve its fertility. However, excessive fertilizer should be avoided as it can lead to excessive vegetative growth, making the plants weak and vulnerable to damage from wind and heavy rain.
It is important to note that excessively fertile soil can result in weaker plants with fewer blooms, so it is best to avoid overly fertile soils.
Pruning and Maintenance
When harvesting for bouquets, it is recommended to cut the stems when approximately 3/4 of the flowers on a spray have fully opened.