What's not to love about Lobelia? It is a hassle free and exceptionally rewarding little plant. If it is "flower power" you are after then Lobelia is the ticket. Although not considered to be a primary crop it is an essential companion to any bed, basket or container. It is the final touch to any display and helps to complete the overall look.
With Lobelia's trailing habit, it makes a particularly good filler for hanging baskets and pots. In flower beds it creates a beautiful, soft edging. Planted en masse, Lobelia makes a striking statement. Although the colours are predominantly blue - purple, midnight blue, mid-blue, sky blue - you will also find rose, lilac, pink and white in the palette. Some are solid colours but most have a little white eye and in the darker colours it is wonderfully contrasting. The foliage colour ranges from a dark bronze to bright green, depending on the variety.
Lobelia should be planted in full morning sun as they appreciate a little afternoon shade. They prefer soil that is rich in organic matter so it is important that you add compost to the soil before planting. Keep the soil moist but not sodden and pay particular attention to watering if in pots or baskets. Lobelia do not like to get thirsty!
Information supplied by the Bedding Plant Growers Association. For more information please visit www.lifeisagarden.co.za