Mimulus Highland Red description
Brilliant red flowers in the summer over bright green foliage.
Good for the front of a border that isn’t too dry.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
Good for wildlife in general.
How easy is it to grow:
This has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit . To win this impressive accolade the plants must have outstanding excellence for decorating a garden, be robust, not require highly specialist growing conditions or care and not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease.
Good for the front of a border that isn’t too dry, Cottage Garden, alpine bed, by a patio or in pots.
It is easy in most soils, including heavy or clay soils.
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Common name: Highland Red Monkey flower.
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade.
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it will fill a smallish space in the front of a plant border.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil where not too dry. Tolerates clay soil and also tolerates acidic soil.
How much moisture:
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Fairly hardy, but can be short lived if not stopped from having just a single ‘trunk’. So trim after flowering once or several times to get a mat of foliage.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Trim after flowering, see note above.
Size of plant:
Height 15 cm.
Spread 30 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 10 plants per square metre.
 Royal Horticultural Society – opens in a separate window.