• Ellen Mary

Growing Fancy Freesia


Freesia’s seem to have a bad reputation for being tricky to grow, but I have never found that to be the case at all. The fragrant Freesia is said to represent trust and innocence and often found in wedding bouquets. They are native to South Africa, yet a cross bread of such is considered an invasive weed in Australia, but in the UK, I love to grow them in pots for a summer display. The flowers are cheerful with colours from pink to white, yellow, red and purple and I even like the fan of foliage as well - they belong to the Iridaceae family so have similar Iris type foliage. For me, a vase on the coffee table brings a delicate yet colourful hit of flower power into the room. Find out more about how to grow Freesia in my monthly Grow Your Own column including this syrup recipe! Buy GYO magazine HERE