This fruity flower loves a sunny subtropical climate and can become perennial in frost-free gardens. Sweet-smelling flowers open in the afternoon and bloom through the evening to be replaced by new ones the next morning. Pour an after-dinner drink and enjoy the fragrance!
Mirabilis jalapa - four o'clock plant, marvel of Peru
DESCRIPTION: Bushy South American annual-perennial with small scented trumpet flowers in fruity shades of pink and yellow which vary through the plant and through each flower PLANTING: Sow seeds in Spring at 25C after frosts in cooler regions, Spring to Autumn in subtropical and tropical regions. Sow directly into final position or in seed trays/pots, and keep moist. Barely cover seeds. Thin plants one they develop 2-4 leaves and are easily handled. Plant in free draining soil with plenty of organic matter in a sunny location for best flowering. CARE: Water seedlings regularly until established and continue to provide water especially during dry spells. Mulch plants to keep the shallow roots cool in summer. For an extra long flowering season, remove spent blooms and feed with liquid fertiliser.