Favoured for its vigorous, upright habit, its colourful late-season flowers and autumnal foliage, the easyto-grow, unmistakable lysimachia can be seen in gardens now.
This hardy perennial originates from China and Japan. It is commonly known as the gooseneck loosestrife, as the drifts of flowers look like an attractive gaggle of ducks. Lysimachia forms fleshy mounds of upright stems; the euphorbia-like whirling, alternately placed foliage is also impressive.
Plant in small clumps; it thrives in semi-shaded locations with slightly moist but not waterlogged soils.
Add ample organic matter to the planting hole and try not to remove spent flowers – the seed heads are also attractive and add interest in winter.
Works well with…
Lysimachia associates well in tropical-style planting schemes with dramatic contrasts in foliage shape and size. Height and spread 3ft (90cm).
How to buy
Buy one 9cm pot for £7.99 and save £3 or buy three for £15.98 – buy two, get one free. P&P £4.95. Supplied as 9cm pots in 14 days. Order at gardenshop. telegraph.co.uk or call 0333 772 0325. Contract for supply of goods is with Hayloft Plants Ltd. Subject to availability. Closing date October 24 2016.