Best of the bunch

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Black-eyed Su­san (Thun­ber­gia alata)

This much-loved peren­nial climber pro­duces a pro­fu­sion of black-cen­tred or­ange, yel­low or creamy vanilla flow­ers into the au­tumn if it is given the right con­di­tions.

Ide­ally grown in a shel­tered spot, in a porch or con­ser­va­tory, it will thrive un­der cover, climb­ing to 1.5m (5ft) in a short time and should sur­vive win­ter in a cool green­house.

Al­ter­na­tively, grow it as an an­nual out­doors to climb up posts and obelisks in a shel­tered spot, shaded from the hottest sun and use it to pro­vide in­stant colour while more per­ma­nent climbers are be­com­ing es­tab­lished.

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