Best of the bunch
●● Euphorbia (spurge).
The zingy acid yellow bracts of euphorbias contrast brilliantly with other plants to ensure an eye-catching display from spring onwards.
The bracts also come in warm shades of red, purple, orange and brown.
Most herbaceous euphorbias like well-drained, light soils in full sun, or moist, micro-organism-rich soils in light, dappled shade.
It’s an incredibly varied group which includes annuals, biennials and semievergreen perennials, so there’s plenty of choice.
Good varieties include the perennial E. polychrome, a sun-loving yellow type which flowers from mid-spring, and E. griffithii ‘fireglow’, which is ideal for moist, light shade.
Wear gloves when handling the plants because all euphorbias exude a milky sap which irritates the skin.