PLANT OF THE WEEK
RUDBECKIA FULGIDA VAR DEAMII
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