Ribbed ruby velvet, golden yellow with tiger stripe, brilliant blazing orange - 'jewel mix' is an excellent name for a packet of nasturtium seeds. This annual offers plentiful blooms from June to frost, with lily pad leaves in soft green or swirled with milky white. I direct sow the seeds in mid-May, poking them an inch in the ground here, there and everywhere. Their sprawling habit then fills gaps, surrounds shrubs, and intertwines with perennials to weave bright nodding blooms throughout the garden. Nasturtiums are also a favourite cut flower. The blooms are fragile but long lasting, with the sweetest delicate fragrance.
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