Baby’s Breath…growing for whimsy
by Sandy Swegel
Some plants aren’t the most efficient plants to grow, but you have to do it just because it’s fun. Annual baby’s breath fits that category for me this week. I visited a lovely garden where the perennial baby’s breath was allowed to grow and fall where it may and the rest of the flowers just grew up among them. Very nice looking. But the baby’s breath I’m interested in is the annual variety because it blooms very fast from seed and I don’t have a lot of time left this season to start new flower from seed. I want some fun and whimsy in my garden before the garden turns into Fall mums.
Gypsophilia elegans (annual baby’s breath) is a very short-lived plant. Growing guides advise sowing every two weeks if you want the tiny white flowers all season. That’s more work and irrigation than I need for the full season…but a fast-blooming flower sounds great for the end of the season.
So just for fun, I’m sowing some annual baby’s breath between the roses and hoping they end up looking just like flower arrangements. I’m also sowing some in the “moon garden” where most of the flowers are white because what could more whimsical than baby’s breath under a full moon!
Have some fun and grow some flowers just for fun.