Common Name: Baby's breath
Cultivar: 'Bristol Fairy'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist
Time to divide plants: March to April
Flowering period: June to August
A neat rosette forms at the base of the plant, and the flowers grow in light, airy, almost leafless sprays, the wiry stems winding in between neighbouring flowers. The flowers appear in early midsummer and, unless cut, remain on the plants throughout summer and dry out naturally to make just as much impact as when they first open. Plants are tap-rooted and do not move once established - however, clumps are not invasive, so there is no need to try and divide them. Plants can be short lived, especially if drainage is not extremely sharp. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).