Thursday, 4 October 2012

The Trial 7 - nasturtiums

Nasturtiums are one of my favourite, must have, plants.  I always grow them, they are so easy to grow, so reliable and are just good doers.  What I like them to do best of all, is to wind through the other plants so that their flowers pop up in and around the rest of the planting; so recieving nasturtium seeds as part of the Thompson and Morgan trial was a joy. 
These nasturtiums, Crimson Emperor, are just wonderful.  They do what nasturtiums should do, the photograph above is one climbing up into the Manx rose.
I love the deep red colour; usually I grow two colours, I usually go for a deep red and a yellow/cream colour.  This year I only had these Thompson and Morgan trial ones and the deep red has been most satisfying.  I shall definitely be buying these for next year.

Of course, one does have to mention, that nasturtiums do have a really good long flowering period.  They flower reliably and give great colour.  Then with the first frost they turn into a disgusting slimy mess that has to be removed really quickly, but does compost well.  If you are really lucky you will get some self-sown ones next year to start the cycle again.

Yes - thoroughly, completely and totally recommended.


  1. Crimson Emperor looks lovely, took note of the name and perhaps try this one next year. Nasturtiums make great annual filler plants for us.

    1. Yes I use them as fillers, just love them winding through other plants, like them to grow in my veg beds too, they keep the black fly down

  2. That's a great, solid red. I'll look out for this variety in the future.


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