The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

By Annf

United Kingdom Gb

I want to plant up a raised bed (about 8 feet by 4 feet) with Ostespermum Jucundum with a few Ann Folkard Geraniums mixed through. Can anyone please advise if it makes sense to do this now or would it be better to wait until the Spring?



I'd wait until spring but really it depends where you live in the UK. The Osteospermum are not fully hardy and can need protection in winter.

28 Sep, 2011


It depends on where you are in the UK as to the hardiness of Osteospermum jucundum. Mine are fully hardy in Somerset. However, any other Osteos aren't, despite what Garden Centres say.

I'd leave it until the spring, too, however, because they need to get their roots established before the cold weather comes, and the Geraniums will be vanishing soon anyway.

28 Sep, 2011


Many thanks to you both for your advice, much appreciated. I had thought that if I planted now it would give time for the Osteos to get a hold before the winter, and would avoid the need for any serious watering in the spring (the bed is for my elderly father in law who is not very mobile). I know there will be no real growth or flowers till next year and jucundum seems to be hardy in my garden so I thought it might be all right, but will now think again.

Thanks again for your advice.

30 Sep, 2011

How do I say thanks?

Answer question


Not found an answer?