Best of the bunch
Their flowers may be insignificant, but the bracts of this reliable perennial can be show-stoppers, ranging from acid yellow to deep orange.
They are brilliant for year-round interest, filling the gap between spring bedding and the first flush of summer perennials. Growing to around 50cm in height and spread, they will grow in most soils which don’t become waterlogged and most prefer sun, but will tolerate partial shade.
Good varieties include E. polychroma, a bright yellow type which combines well with purple sage, and the larger E. griffithii ‘Dixter’, which can grow up to 100cm and may need staking, but whose deep orange bracts appear in April and May and again in August and September.
Always wear gloves when handling euphorbias as they are all poisonous and produce milky sap which can irritate the skin and burn the mouth.