Nasturtium 'Dwarf Cherry Rose'
I decided to try a new Nasturtium this year in my garden after my failure with 'Mahogany Velvet' that I purchased from Sean Conway Seeds. I was really looking forward to the 'Mahogany Velvet' blooms last year because they were the closest to black I could find. Unfortunately the plants never bloomed while the 'Jewel Mix' grew like gangbusters.
This year I was at Wal-Mart and picked up 'Dwarf Cherry Rose' to give it a try. The pack of seeds was 97 cents which was three times less than what I payed for the 'Mahogany Velvet' seeds last year. The other thing I noticed was that I could pick up the same seeds in the same store under the Ferry-Morse brand for a little more money. That shouldn't come as a surprise to most people but if you turn over the seed packet at the bottom you can see that the seeds sold for 97 cents under the Wal-Mart Gardens brand were manufactured by the Ferry-Morse Seed Co. If you don't do price comparisons when buying seeds just thought I'd point this out.
But I digress. I'm pretty happy with how 'Dwarf Cherry Rose' has been growing and blooming but I've decided I am not crazy about the flowers. They're nice and colorful but they're just not my style. I keep thinking how the frilly petals would look a lot more at home in a cottage garden thats tended to by a lady in a big floral hat with a Maine Coon Cat at her feet.
The blooms look out of place in my garden that's a hodgepodge of colors where plant placement isn't given much thought and it's common to see a weed growing alongside this pretty flower. I probably won't grow this Nasturtium again next year but I'd recommend it to others.
Other posts on Nasturtiums:
When I collect Nasturtium Seeds-My post with pictures and video to help you identify the seeds and when to collect them.
5 Reasons I Grow Nasturtium in My Garden-Post on the benefits of growing Nasturtium.
Nasturtium "Jewel Mix"
'Moonlight' and 'Spitfire' both are climbing nasturtiums.
Direct seed sowing nasturtiums in the garden.
Update: Made a quick garden video so you can see this climbing Nasturtium in my garden. See the post on collecting Nasturtium seeds for a video on how to collect seeds from Nasturtiums in your garden.