Best of the bunch
●● 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.