PLANT OF THE WEEK

RUDBECKIA FULGIDA VAR DEAMII

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - Your Garden -

you mulch the beds. This year I’m plagued with petty spurge, a com­mon eu­phor­bia which I’m de­ter­mined to see off be­fore they set seed again.

Use last year’s com­post as a mulch – think of it a cosy win­ter blan­ket for your out­door beds, and while your sleeves are rolled up, clean out your pots.

Spread spent com­post in the borders. Scrub the pots and ei­ther go again with some win­ter bed­ding or store them in the gar­den shed for next year. This is an easy-to-grow peren­nial that brings lots of sun­shine to your gar­den with tonnes of black-eyed yel­low daisies.

The cone­flower, also some­times known as black-eyed Su­san, likes to grow in sun­shine or par­tial shade and prefers well-drained, moist, quite fer­tile soil but re­ally it’s not fussy and very low main­te­nance.

It will pro­vide pollen for but­ter­flies too.

Prop­a­ga­tion is easy – you can ei­ther di­vide it in spring or grow it from seed.

In and out: Tulip bulbs can go into the ground now, but if you have ten­der bulbs such as be­go­nias, take them out

Lift plants such as dahlias

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