The flower that is most evocative of mountain scenery must be the the Gentian with its alpine associations. Gentians make me blue in the face because I fail every time I try to grow these sumptuous blue flowers.
Here are some of the reasons I have failed: –
- Gentians are known to be difficult to transplant .
- When seed is sown, it should be fresh or it will not germinate & grow.
- All Gentians prefer partial shade for at least some of the day.
- The Fringed Gentiana is a biennial variety which is extremely difficult to grow. I have been guilty of lumping all Gentians under one species as though it was a perennial, acid hating alpine. How wrong I was each variety needs to be understood in its own right.