Diascias are the most wonderful of all patio plants, giving well over 6 months of colour, needing very little dead-heading and so you have a very low maintenance plant with a huge return, and better still, it will come back year after year. It is a totally hardy plant – hardy enough to withstand our two recent arctic winters!
Flowering from May to December, this plant will give you lots of pleasure. It can be planted in beds and borders, used in hanging baskets, window boxes, tubs and containers. It is also wonderful in a ditch or on a rockery, so it's a real gem.
Diascias always seem to look stunning in hanging baskets, whether or not they are designated as 'trailing' varieties.
Diascias are a close relative of Nemesia. Both are members of the Snapdragon family. Diascias offer larger flowers, larger plants with a more open growth habit and colours ranging from scarlet through to salmon. They need quite a lot of feeding, so I recommend slow release food with occasional liquid tomato feeding.
Versatility is one of it's great virtues, as it can be grown in a pot or container, as a ground cover plant, in a rockery or a stunning hanging basket.
Here are some of my favourite Diascia varieties:
Little Dreamer (light pink), Little Dancer (pink), Coral Bell (peach), White Bell (white with pink tips), Little Tango (orange)
What looks great with Diascias – Heucheras, especially the purple leafed varieties. Another great combination plant is Lavender which looks especially nice with the pink varieties of Diascia!