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Linaria Flamenco Looking Fab


Taken Sept 10ish.

Sept 10ish Linaria reticulata 'Flamenco'

We’re thinking over some container ideas for the late winter / early spring planting time.  Last year we went with this Linaria reticulata ‘Flamenco’.  Man that’s been a gorgeous plant.

Planted April 1st ish..no foolin

Planted April 1st ish..no foolin

For some reason, I thought we started this planting a lot earlier, but looks lie it was on April 1st…ish.  I bet would do fine with seed, but opted using 4inch starters instead.

April 16th.

April 16th.

Amazing how fast the Linaria ‘Flamenco’ took and started to flower…in less than a month. Those red and golden blooms are mouthwatering.

April 30th

April 30th

May 22

May 22

Besides being a showstopper, Linaria reticulata ‘Flamenco’ is one of those bloomers that keep on giving. It flowered for us for at least half a year. We did cut it back a couple times and that seemed to extend the flowering. Oh, bonus…after established, we didn’t have to feed it much water.

July 2nd Linaria reticulata 'Flamenco'

July 2nd Linaria reticulata 'Flamenco'

As we sit and ponder what to plant next, we wonder what sort of plant combinations are you peeps are getting ready for this (upcoming) season.  Share them…we would love to know!

– Far Our Flora


  1. LOVE that toadflax. True story: I bought one tiny pot of that from Annie’s about seven years ago when I lived in SF, saved the (tiny) seeds, moved north, then east, and have grown it every year for the last four years, started by those saved seeds. I’ve been itching to get my hands on the purple and yellow kind…got any leads? ; )

    • Hi Heather,
      I just checked out the Annie’s Annuals sight, anniesannuals.com/plt_lst/lists/search/lst.srch.asp?srch_term=linaria , and they have a purple/yellow one called Linaria triornithophora”Three Birds Flying”. I know they ship too. Matti

  2. at work, i want to yank out 3 crepe myrtles and replace with a ‘summer chocolate’ mimosa and beneath it, agave desmettiana variegated. this is in the ground as i don’t do container gardening.

    • Hey Invisible Gardener…I had to look up that Summer Chocolate (Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’), wow it looks familiar. I love the leaves on it. Hey, isn’t the sensitive plant called a Mimosa? Matti

  3. I plan on using some clay pots for planting but also last year I planted Angel Wing Begonia’s in 2 large canners, the kind that were blue with white speckles, I planted different smaller trailing plants around the edge as well as the Wave Petunia’s in a light pink or orange. Both pots were beautiful and the Begonia’s grew at least 18-20 inches tall. I will do the same this year. I have 3 large flower beds that are planted with Perennials, due to my age I am leaning more toward container gardening but have got some wonderful ideas of planting herbs in canning jars, and using gutters for planting small flowers in. I also saw a wonderful idea for planting in pallets that I am going to try this Spring. I live in SC, and as soon as the weather warms, I will start my planting. I love your site, please keep the ideas coming. Thanks, Susan

  4. Hi Matti! An amazingly beautiful plant indeed! I have a container garden in Melbourne and here it can be a challenge due to heat and water restrictions.

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  7. I love that linaria… actually, it’s why I named my landscape design business Wildflower Farms… was my grandma’s fav wildflower from Sweden.

    Your garden looks lovely right now!

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