The tough get going
This hardy plant is already blooming 600ft high in the Pennines, writes
Senecioisaplantthatpeople normally associate with summer, but the one pictured here was blooming last week – admittedly in a sheltered spot – 600ft up in the Pennines. So, it is obvious that this is quite a hardy little beast and well worth considering for those spots in the garden where the sun shines but the soil is nothing special.
The most common forms available commercially are S greyi and S laxifolius, andbothhavealottooffer.Thelovely, numerous, daisy-like flowers start appearing in early summer to complement the equally attractive foliage.
Normally, Senecio will grow – floppily, to say the least – to a height of three feet. It can spread far more, but it doesn’t seem to mind growing in and among other shrubs or even against a wall or fence.
And it is one of those very valuable
EVERGREEN: Senecio plants are hardy little beasts well worth considering for your garden.