PERENNIALS. Perennials are ideal to add colour and form to your borders year after year. We have selected some varieties from our wide range of perennials from our Garden Centre. These are sold in 1 litre pots and are excellent value at £2.99 each, or buy 3 and save 99p. Availability varies through the year with most varieties being available from Spring to Autumn.
LUPINS are reliable, tough, robust, easy to grow plants with fresh green, deeply fingered foliage which radiates from the tip of the leaf stalk like the spokes of a wheel and forms a neat mound all summer. From May to July beautiful, sturdy flower spikes are formed with pea-like flowers opening from the base of the flower spike upwards. Deadhead faded blooms to encourage a second small flush of flowers in early autumn. Plant in well-drained, humus rich, sandy soil, slightly acidic if possible, in sun or lightly dappled shade. All parts of the plant, especially the seeds, may cause severe discomfort if eaten.
All the Pensham PENSTEMON varieties were bred by Edward Wilson who lived in the village of Pensham in an area famous for growing plums. The flowers are bee and butterfly friendly and are produced on sturdy upright stems so they make good cut flowers. These are produced from June through to October but to ensure continual flowering and to keep the plants looking neat dead-head
the flowers. Penstemons have handsome lance shaped leaves. Plant in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. These are tough plants coping with most weather conditions except drought, so water well if conditions do become dry and they will need some protection over winter in cold areas.
RUDBECKIA. Hardy and very easy to grow in either exposed or sheltered positions making a neat clump which grows symmetrically from the centre with narrowly ovate toothed mid-green leaves. From July well into autumn when the first severe frosts arrive, it will carry an abundance of single daisy like flowers on long, strong stalks which do not flop, making excellent cut flowers. They are attractive to bees and butterflies. Also the dried seed heads are attractive and useful for everlasting arrangements. Plant in sun or partial shade in any moist but well-drained soil. They are even tolerant of clay.
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