Roscoea ‘Harvington Summer Deep Purple’
RHS Award of Garden Merit
“Lots of lush growth… vigorous and bulks up quickly… produces lots of flowers over a long period. A great garden plant.” RHS Trial Report 2012
Selected by Hugh Nunn. Flowers from early July for 6 weeks Height: 30-40cm
Supplied as flowering-sized tubers during March and April.
Roscoea ‘Harvington Summer Deep Purple’ is a distinctive dark purple, white eyed roscoea. Awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM), the trial report states ‘lots of lush growth…vigorous and bulks up quickly…produces a lot of flower over a long period….a great garden plant’.
Our selection of Roscoea includes four with the prefix ‘Harvington‘. These are a set of distinctive plants bred by Hugh Nunn in the Vale of Evesham and selected for their beauty, vigour and garden worthiness. Several have been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in recognition of these characteristics.
They have also featured in the RHS publication ‘The Garden’ (January 2016).
Roscoea are robust, herbaceous perennials in the ginger family. They are suitable for the front of borders, in a rock garden or grown in a container. With orchid-like flowers in the summer they can be found in colours ranging from white and cream through pinks, brick reds and purples. They have tuberous, fleshy roots (similar in appearance to dahlia) that become dormant in late autumn, with strap shaped leaves from April onwards. Some appearing above ground as late as June in the case of Roscoea ‘Red Gurkha’. They are hardy throughout the British Isles.
Roscoea grow well in light, dappled shade. They grow in any moist, free draining soil. They are frost hardy in the garden when planted at the right depth (10-15cm below surface). They can also be grown successfully in pots and containers where some frost protection is recommended during severe frosts.
We send out flowering-sized tubers (similar to dahlia) Water well after planting and as the plant establishes. Ensure that they don’t suffer from drought in the summer or waterlogging in the winter.
To find out more about planting your Roscoea ‘Harvington Summer Deep Purple’ tuber please see our Roscoea Planting Advice page.