Also known as the rock rose this Mediterranean native of dry, rocky soil enjoys dry and sunny conditions and is perfect for gravel gardens and dry, sheltered areas of the garden.
A plant that comes into its own in early summer, the single, saucer-shaped flowers around 5cm across are produced around the same time as peonies which makes them an ideal plant to bridge the gap between spring bulbs and summer roses. Each crepe-paper flower lasts only a day, but the bushes are smothered in buds, giving a display that lasts for many weeks.
Easy to grow and relatively trouble free, Cistus are quick growing and perfect in pots being relatively smaller, semi-evergreen shrubs. Ideal too for the front of the border where they will happily mingle with other Mediterranean shrubs such as Rosemary, Salvias, Santolina and Lavender. Fully hardy to around -10°C, plants benefit from winter protection to avoid frost damage.
Supplied as three plants in 9cm pots, ready for planting into warm soil. 1 each of:
Cistus x pulverulentus 'Sunset' AGM - Award-winning cistus with rose-Pink blooms with yellow centre. 50cm x 100cm.
Cistus x purpureus 'Alan Fradd' - White flowers with a crimson blotch in the centre. 100cm x 100cm
Cistus 'Silver Pink' - One of the hardiest of the cistus varieties with blooms up to 8cm across. Peach-pink blooms. 100cm x 100cm
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