Ex­pert’s choice

With myr­iad colours and habits, th­ese favourites will keep bloom­ing well un­til win­ter, says Gra­ham Rice

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Gar­den chrysan­the­mums

All over the world, there are chrysan­the­mums in flower ev­ery day. Th­ese are special green­house va­ri­eties, grown us­ing so­phis­ti­cated tech­niques to en­sure there are al­ways plants in bloom and ready to pick as cut flow­ers. In the gar­den, flow­er­ing oc­curs in a much nar­rower win­dow and now’s the time for hardy out­door va­ri­eties to come into their own. They’re grown pretty much in the same way as other hardy peren­ni­als, with­out the need for the special breed­ing and tech­niques that cut-flower grow­ers use. Plants la­belled Korean, rubel­lum and out­door spray chrysan­the­mums all come un­der the ban­ner of hardy gar­den chrysan­the­mums, but don’t worry about the names of the dif­fer­ent groups. A few start to open to­wards the end of Au­gust, but it’s Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber, when so many other peren­ni­als are wind­ing down, that are the peak months, with many con­tin­u­ing into Novem­ber and a few even into De­cem­ber. The flower types vary from sin­gle and anemone­cen­tred to dou­ble and dainty pom­pons, but they’ve all got things in com­mon: they’re easy to grow as long as drainage is good, they love the sun and they last well when cut to bring indoors. I wouldn’t be with­out them.

Po­si­tion Best in full sun, or with a lit­tle shade. In low light, growth is leggy and flow­er­ing is poor. Har­di­ness All are hardy in most parts of the coun­try, as­sum­ing plants are never wa­ter­logged. Height x Spread 10-150cm x 10-150cm Care Re­ju­ve­nate the plants ev­ery two or three years by lift­ing, di­vid­ing and re­plant­ing the strong­est growth ev­ery three years. Where to buy Or­der now for de­liv­ery in spring. Halls of Hed­don, hall­sofhed­don.com, 01661 852445; Nor­well Nurs­eries, nor­well­nurs­eries.co.uk, 01636 636337; Woot­tens of Wen­has­ton, woot­ten­s­plants.co.uk, 01502 478258

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