Flowers of several colours, June to September.
One of the most easily grown hardy annuals, but
perhaps on that account one that seldom gets fair
treatment. Sow the seed thinly in patches in the
borders at the end of March; any one who can afford
the space may try a large mass – say a plot
two yards square.
Candytuft asks no more than ordinary garden
soil; it should be thinned out severely when the
seedlings are an inch high, and the flowering
plants should stand at least six inches apart.
The colours include pure white, the old-fashioned
lilac, and a very fine rich carmine or purple,
which should not be omitted.
There is, besides the ordinary tall sorts, a dwarf
race called Tom Thumb, Little Prince, etc., not
much more than six inches high.
These annual Candytufts must be distinguished
from the perennial kind (Iberis sempervirens)
which they resemble in most points except their
length of life.
See also : Iberis