Nemesias are spectacular in cool, maritime areas or mountain gardens where nights remain cool throughout summer. In other places, enjoy them early since they fade in the hot, humid days of summer. They are originally from South Africa. They resemble snapdragons and linaria, to which they’re related.
Cheery Nemesia is a brightly colored plant with striking flower clusters. Solid and bi-color flowers include orange, red, pink, yellow and white. The flowers of this easy to grow, trouble free plant, will bloom from spring thru summer. Carnival is a mixture of colors on plants that grow up to 2 feet tall. Tapestry, in addition to a wide range of colors, has a good balance of blue and white. Fire King is a scarlet-flowered variety.Nemesia is a charming cool-season annual with pretty little snapdragon-shape flowers often fragrant that bloom in a wide range of colors. It does best in spring and fall (winter in mild-winter climates), though some varieties have better heat-tolerance than others. In cool-summer areas, such as the Pacific Northwest, nemesia will continue to bloom right through the summer into fall. Nemesia prefers moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter.
Nemesia versicolor is a similar, more compact species. It has a variety of colors including truer blues. Blue Gem is a very compact variety growing to 10 inches high with blue flowers. Nemesia caerulea has several selections in true blue, lavender, and white.