How to Plant Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate Seeds

Overview

Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate (Persicaria orientalis), also called Prince's Feather, is an old-fashioned annual flowering plant that Thomas Jefferson loved to grow in his Monticello gardens. It grows as tall as 4 feet and sports an array of small pendulous pink flowers all summer and into the fall. Its heart-shaped leaves add to its attractiveness, and it adds color and beauty to flower arrangements. You can grow Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate successfully in all climate zones if you have a spot with partial to full sun and rich soil.

Step 1

Select an area next to a fence, wall or trellis to give the plant support when it gets large. In fall, before you plant, dig compost into your planting area.

Step 2

Scatter seeds over your planting area in fall and then pat them down with your palm. They will sprout and begin to grow the following spring---these seeds require cold weather to germinate, so fall is the best time to plant them.

Step 3

Water the area thoroughly and then keep it moist. If you spread a layer of compost as mulch, it will help to keep weeds away and will also help to keep the soil moist.

Step 4

Thin seedlings to about 1 foot apart in the spring when they are 3 to 4 inches tall.

Step 5

Stake your plants when they become tall and start to flower if they begin to droop from the weight of the flower stalks.

Things You'll Need

  • Purchased or collected seeds
  • Compost

References

  • Annie's Annuals
  • Medina (Ohio) Gazette

Who Can Help

  • Monticello.org
  • Seed Source
Keywords: annual flowers, gardening heirlooms, Persicaria orientalis

About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi‘iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Barbara wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, GardenGuides.com and eHow.com. She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.