Lavetera 'Bredon Springs'

Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

I planted this shrub last year and it has put on a lot of leaf but it had very few flowers.

I thought it was deciduous, but it is still in full leaf and has a few flowers. 

Is this correct? I understand it needs pruning in spring, how drastically do I do this?,

Does it matter that it is still in leaf?

It seems very healthy apart from only very few flowers


  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    I have some Lavaterae (a different variety) and they all have plenty of green leaves on them. A very small of leaves, at the extremities are withering.

    We haven't had any really hard frosts yet.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    I grow malva as well. I have  alovely white one. which was growing on some derelict ground so i collected the seeds.

    I did expect this to have more flowers

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,032

    Bjay, it may already be showing some signs of new growth lower down on the stems. Later on in Spring- say March, if not freezing- that's where to prune.

    Take cuttings in Summer, they root easily & keep fine over winter in a coldframe IME. J.

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    Mine tend to self-seed fairly readily too. If you look around you might find some more. Though seedlings from a named variety may not be identical to the parent.

    They prefer hot and dry conditions, so last year was a poor year.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Thanks you 3

    Will the cutting back in spring increase flower production

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,048

    is this one of those tree mallows?

    I always found them evergreen but wished they weren't. Never looked right to me in a winter garden, wrong colour and texture.  

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,048

    They cut back hard and very well. It stop them getting too heavy and breaking. To get good flowering I reckon you need a proper summer as mentioned earlier.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Oh for a proper summer - a dreamimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,048

    yes they haven't been great for a few years but 2012 - words fail me

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    I bought wellingtons. Not had any for years.image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,048

    Essential, thinking about some of those fishermans' waders. There are one or two places here that are over the wellies

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,293

    I had this plant given to me last year, and I was wondering what to do with it. It flowered well last year, it still has leaves on it. The original owner said that it was easy to strike cuttings, so thanks for the information.

    The white one sounds lovely

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