Baby’s breath: Gypsophila
The Gypsophyla genus is a member of the Caryophyllaceae family and has over 100 species that can be found throughout Europe, Asia and North Africa. It is often used by florists in flower arrangements for its elegant white or pink flowers. G. paniculate is usually grown as an annual herbaceous perennial that in spring produces beautiful sprays of tiny white flowers. These may be used fresh or dry in flower arrangements. The plant should be planted in a large container in well-drained, enriched with fertilizer. Cut back after flowering to encourage a second flowering. C. repens only grows 30 cm (12 in) high and bears sprays of pink flowers. It is ideal for window boxes on balconies and terraces and for underplanting. It grows best in a sunny position and prefers dry conditions. It is raised from seed in spring or propagated from in early summer.