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Nemesia

 

a genus of herbaceous, usually annual plants of the family Scrophulariaceae; less frequently, the plants are subshrubs. The leaves are opposite and entire. The flowers are in racemose or corymbiform inflorescences; rarely are they solitary. The corolla has a bilabiate blade and a short tubule, which is widened into a sac or elongated into a spur. There are four stamens. The fruit is a capsule. There are more than 50 species, found in southern Africa. Some annual species, such as Nemesia strumosa and N. versicolor, are ornamentals. Hybrid forms and varieties with variously colored large flowers are most often cultivated. They are used as borders, in rock gardens, and for cuttings.

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Nemesias remain one of the easiest annuals to grow for later summer, on the coast or inland.
Nemesias prefer full sun and, as long as they are grown in well-drained soil, are generally trouble-free.
In May, they're replaced with warm-season bloomers such as white African daisies (Osteospermum Symphony Series), lavender bacopa, pale pink geraniums, hot pink million bells (Calibrachoa hybrids), and blue and white nemesias.
Perennial Nemesias, on the other hand, have soared in popularity.
Annual nemesia was a popular Victorian bedding plant, but lost favour to petunias and impatiens.
Shooting Stars (pictured) is a nemesia like no other.
Poke small flowers into the "vases." Good choices are baby's breath, Chrysanthemum paludosum, English or fairy primroses, forget-me-nots, linarias, nemesias, pansies, succulents, sweet peas, and violas.
Fill a border with a multicolored blend of tulips, nemesias, violas, and Iceland poppies
PHOTO : from nemesias, ranunculus, and schizanthus.
Less commonly sold are large-flowered nemesias such as "Fire King' (red), "Orange Prince', and "Bluebird' (new this year); and small-flowered "Blue Gem' (shown) and Gem Mixed (mostly pastels and blue shades).
In addition to the three listed above, you can plant tender annuals like nemesia and stock.
YEARS ago I filled a gap in the June border by direct-sowing seeds of nemesia for the first time.