What’s Blooming this month

Pentas
Pentas lanceolata

Pentas bloom with large clusters of starry blooms that attract butterflies by the dozens as well as hummingbirds. The plant grows well in containers and in the ground — and it can even make a good houseplant if you have enough light. It does best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil.

Pentas are great plants for container gardens and also work well in mass plantings in garden beds. Be sure to leave ample space for them to grow if planting in beds. It’s okay to place pentas in closer quarters when creating container gardens because most pentas grow about 15 inches wide and 2 to 3 feet tall.

By pinching back the early growth it will encourage bushier plants.

At first planting, water the plants regularly and then only as necessary. Fertilize every six weeks or so to improve growth.

SAVE THE DATES: May 10, 2020, Mother’s Day Concert; May 22, 2021, A Tour of Chelsea Flower Show & South East England Gardens