the 'Monkey Flower' or 'Monkey Musk', Mimulus are grown as half-hardy annuals,
although some are really perennials or shrubs.
like full sun, and moist to well-drained soil. The annual varieties are propagated
from seed. Sow the seed under gentle heat in February, planting out in May -
using this method you can expect the first flowers in early June. Alternatively,
sow them outside in early April, and the flowers will appear in late June.
VIVA F1 - a relatively new variety, it produces a mass of flowers 7cm (3in) wide in
a vibrant yellow colour with deep burgundy markings. The plants are both
strong-growing and free-flowering. Ideal for bedding and tubs. They are
available from most major seed companies.
Mimulus VIVA F1