I’ve been tinkering away for the last few years on a programme of trying to make the common white clover (Trifolium repens) just a little more interesting.
As a component of a flower lawn it offers great potential in both leaf and flower colouring, and bees and butterflies just love it. The breeding I’ve been doing has thrown up a few interesting versions that may have a real future but there’s still room for improvement.
Here are just some.
The Green Strain
The traditional white-only flowers of the white clover can be tinkered with too. From snow white through to blush pink and deep red I think they make for strong contenders in any flower lawn.
A real surprise has been how good they can look in a hanging basket – but that’s a secret for now….
There are some Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) variants too. These are all foliage variants rather than flower variants.
This is one I call ‘Catford Spring’ since I collected the seed on a roundabout in Catford, in south London in spring. It has golden yellow leaves that appear in spring only and then darken up.