A popular cottage garden perennial, Physalis alkekengi is a hardy perennial that produces small creamy-white, nodding flowers in summer, followed by light green fruit cases in August which add to the appeal of the plant and turn to a very attractive deep orange in September.
These papery, orange-red husks resemble the popular lanterns and housing bright orange-scarlet berries.Perfect for providing autumn interest to your garden, they can be grown in well-drained beds and borders and are ideal in pots where they can be fully appreciated.
As well as great garden colour, the delicate lanterns also make superb dried flowers in arrangements and bouquets and can be easily dried for Christmas arrangements.
Fully deserving its coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, you can be sure that this is a proven garden performer, guaranteed to be suitable for UK gardeners at every level of experience. You can therefore plant this in the garden with confidence, for stunning displays for many years to come.
Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot ready to plant out, Chinese lanterns are very easy to grow and care for, thriving in a sunny or shady position in preferably moist, well-draining soil.