Lavatera × clementii 'Barnsley'

2 litre pot £14.99
available to order from autumn
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Buy Lavatera × clementii 'Barnsley' mallow: Long flowering, with hollyhock-like flowers

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: light, moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This popular shrub is grown for the masses of red-eyed, white flowers, that smother its branches from June to September. The flowers age to a soft pink, and they look very pretty against the backdrop of deeply lobed grey-green leaves. Extremely long-flowering, this vigorous, semi-evergreen mallow will thrive in a well-drained shrub or mixed border, but needs plenty of space to spread itself out (as it puts on lots of growth in just one season. In cold areas of the country it is best grown against a warm wall to minimise wind and frost damage.

  • Garden care: To prevent the shrub from getting straggly, cut back hard to within 30cm (12in) of ground level in spring, after all risk of severe frosts has passed. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure round the base of the plant. In exposed areas shorten branches by up to one half in autumn to minimise the risk of wind damage.

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Eventual height & spread

Looked lovely this year, very pleased with shrub.


Great version of the larger Lavatera, suitable for a smaller plot or pot.


East Midlands


Did quite well for the first year.


So far so good




Strong, easy to grow and full of nice flowers all summer


Forms nice flowering hedges along borders, pest free and easy to grow




Very pleased


We bought our Lavatera Barnsley in late summer last year, which admittedly is not a great time to buy a shrub. However, it arrived on time and in good condition, so we immediately replanted and pruned it, and it grew magnificently, flowering repeatedly until the frosts. We're looking forward to planting it in the garden in the spring. We've bought from Crocus several times before, and will continue to do so. Their prices are very competitive and the website contains a lot of useful information.


North-west London


Flowers all summer


Fast growing and long flowering. Only stopped when frost arrived. I planted this in spring so not sure how hardy it will be. I had cosmos growing through the bush which looked great!


South West Scotland




I love this. Easy and very pretty. Not too huge for a lavatera. Lost one star because of a tendency to suddenly turn up its toes after a few years.




Great Service


Extremely healthy plant, as described, arrived on time and was well packed and in perfect condition.





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Can this be planted now in Autumn? Or will it be available from you to buy in Spring 2019?


Yes, this is fully hardy, so now is a great time to plant.


Hello there, I planted two lavatera last year. One was in full sun in front of a wall, the second in semi permanent shade. Both are now looking shrivelled with a whitish look on the leaves. Would you know what this is and how I can prevent the plant from dying. many thanks, Claire


Hello, I'm afraid I am not able to properly identify the culprit from your description, however these plants are prone to a couple of fungal diseases. Succumbing to these can often be a sign of stress, so make sure they are kept well fed and watered and spray them with a general purpose fungicide. Ideally they should have been cut back hard in early spring, so this can be tackled next year and if possible you should move the one in shade to a sunnier spot as it will not flourish in a shadier spot. Ideally they should have been cut back quite hard in early spring, so it is possible to cut


Summer flowering tree Hello, I am looking for a tree that can grow as tall as 8ft-10ft and flowers for most of the summer, or even one that flowers in the winter. I am looking to add a large tree with colourful flowers to my garden - I do love the Laburnum x watereri 'Vossii' but it only flowers from May to June I believe. Can you recommend at suitable tree? Regards Laura


Hello Laura, Even a miniature tree will get taller than 8-10ft, so I suspect you may be looking for a shrub, which are generally more compact. The ones that will flower for months on end throughout summer are either Buddlejas or Lavatera. I'm afraid I don't know of any trees (no matter what size) that will match them.

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