Snapdragons are frequently considered to be one of many easy to grow annual flowers for the cutting garden. However, I had always struggled to grow them successfully. After a few seasons, I had all but given up on the prospect of growing these beautiful blooms. It wasn’t until I discovered a rather enchanting new variety called ‘Chantilly Light Pink,’ that I was determined to master this garden skill.
What Are ‘Chantilly Light Pink’ Snapdragons?
With so many different snapdragon varieties to choose from, one may begin to question what makes this variety so special and unique. The answer is both a combination of color and shape. The ‘Chantilly’ snapdragon series produces flowers which are described as open-faced. This means that the bloom is open in the center, rather than covered like a traditional snapdragon flower. This, in tandem with its bubblegum pink color, makes it absolutely stunning in mass plantings and in flower arrangements.
‘Chantilly Light Pink’ snapdragons can also reach heights that are quite impressive. Though those grown outdoors will be somewhat shorter, those grown in the unheated hoop house have easily reached heights of 4 feet (1 m.) tall when in bloom. For this reason, those living in regions which experience strong wind or spring storms may want to consider staking the plants using horizontal trellis netting. This allows for long, straight stems that are easy to use in flower arrangements. Growers can also expect an exceptional vase life.
How to Grow Snapdragons
To plant snapdragons, the key is knowing when to plant. While those with cool weather can usually plant in the spring, as soon as soil can be worked, those living in warmer climates may need to sow seeds in the fall. Here in my own garden, sowing snapdragon seeds in the fall produced flower crops that were stronger, healthier, and produced immense blooms.
Despite my cold temperatures, I quickly found that the plants could thrive throughout the entire winter season with the use of season extension techniques. When spring weather does finally arrive, low tunnels and frost blankets are removed to reveal lush foliage that is ready to begin blooming in very early summer.