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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -


Th­ese use­ful up­right peren­ni­als look fab­u­lous as re­peat plant­ing in bor­ders, don’t need stak­ing and are par­tic­u­larly good in cottage gar­dens.

Pro­duc­ing spikes of blue flow­ers rang­ing from light lilac to deep pur­ple, they have a long flow­er­ing sea­son and also at­tract bees and but­ter­flies.

They will do well in rea­son­able gar­den soils, grow­ing in light shade and sunny spots and may bloom into Septem­ber if you re­move the flower spikes as soon as they fade.

They con­trast well with or­ange geums or yel­low flow­ered achil­leas. Good va­ri­eties in­clude S. x sylvestris ‘May Night’ and S. ulig­i­nos.

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