Best of the bunch

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This re­li­able, easy-to-grow peren­nial with deeply lobed leaves pro­duces long stems of pink flow­er­heads in sum­mer.

They may not be the fo­cal point of the mixed bor­der but they are a great sup­port­ing cast, grow­ing to around 60cm, with their pin­cush­ion flow­er­heads.

Good va­ri­eties in­clude A. ‘Had­spen Blood’, which pro­duces loose heads of dark red flow­ers in sum­mer, and A. ma­jor ‘Shaggy’, with its clus­ters of tiny cream flow­ers sur­rounded by green-tipped white bracts. Plant in moist, well-drained soil and lift and di­vide in au­tumn or spring.

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