GROW THIS WEEK’S FREE SEEDS

A cottage gar­den favourite for tra­di­tional beauty

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Gardening -

THIS week’s free seeds are for a tra­di­tional favourite that has brought stately colour to cottage gar­dens for gen­er­a­tions. Mr Fothergill’s Lark­spur ‘Hy­acinth Dwarf’ grow to just 20in (50cm) tall and will pro­vide a beau­ti­ful raft of pinks, pur­ples and blues. They look fabulous sited at the front of bor­ders.

Hardy an­nu­als, you can sow them now or next spring and they will flower from June through to Septem­ber.

Lark­spur do best on light soils, so if you gar­den on dense clay you will get bet­ter re­sults by dig­ging in plenty of organic mat­ter or grit now, and let­ting win­ter frosts and weather break down the soil and im­prove its struc­ture.

The plants thrive in sun and light shade and are beloved by bees and but­ter­flies, mak­ing them worth­while if you want to en­cour­age ben­e­fi­cial in­sects to visit.

Lark­spur is also pop­u­lar with flower ar­rangers as their densely pig­mented spires grow on straight and sturdy stalks that don’t need stak­ing.

Lark­spur used to grow wild in corn­fields, so are a nat­u­ral com­pan­ion of pop­pies, corn­flow­ers and bor­age.

Tra­di­tional lark­spur is a cottage gar­den favourite

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