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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Chrysan­the­mums THESE cheery peren­ni­als bridge the gap be­tween late sum­mer and late au­tumn and although in re­cent years they’ve gone out of fash­ion a bit, new va­ri­eties are spring­ing up to give them a boost.

C. ‘Burnt Or­ange’, for ex­am­ple, with its spoon-shaped petals in shades of deep or­ange through to yel­low, was rec­om­mended in a Which? trial, while C. ‘Mary Stoker’ bears blooms which change from apri­cot to soft pink as the flow­ers ma­ture and they also pro­vide good cut flow­ers

Chrysan­the­mums look great in pots or at the front of borders. They pre­fer rich soil that re­tains mois­ture and need to be planted in a spot in full sun to flower well.

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