Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Perennials
New Purple Poppies
by Charlie Nardozzi
Oriental poppies are one of the darlings of the perennial garden. Their large, showy flowers herald the beginning of the summer flower season. An outstanding new variety is causing a stir in Europe and North America. ?Patty?s Plum? oriental poppy (Papaver orientale ?Patty?s Plum?) features large, 6-inch-diameter plum-colored flowers with a blackberry center and red and gold rings inside. The flowers have the consistency of crepe paper, and the color is unusual for oriental poppies. The flowers are eye-catching even at a distance of 100 feet.
The large flowers stand about 3 feet tall, and the plant is hardy in USDA zones 3 to 8. It grows best in full sun in well-drained soil.
For more on ?Patty?s Plum? oriental poppy, go to: Wayside Gardens.