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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Ver­bas­cum ‘Gains­bor­ough’ THIS is a won­der­ful friendly sum­mer plant – big ar­chi­tec­tural sil­very leaves that are al­most like wings and from them shoot a cen­tral spire which, in time, pro­duces can­dyfloss yel­low flow­ers.

It’s not a plant that mixes eas­ily but it will cre­ate a stand-out state­ment suited to­wards the front of a border.

The el­e­gant pale le­mon spires will flower for a long pe­riod and at­tract the bees and but­ter­flies.

It’s a plant that will do well in poor soil as long as it’s light, well drained and in full sun­shine.

This is a fairly short-lived peren­nial but easy enough to prop­a­gate from root cut­tings.

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