Morning 😊👋🏼 - rise and shine! Seeing as it's #sunflower day, here's a pic of my perennial ones at the back of the border. They aren't as tall this year, which might mean they need dividing to give them renewed vigour. I'll plan to do that in late September. For now I'll enjoy them till they finish.
Hi @AlisonF - mine have in the past reached about 5ft, but this year they are only between 3-4ft. I would try to put them towards the back of the border as they start of slow at beginning of year but then before you know it they are taller than everything else. Watch the spreading rhizome like roots too, it can be a bit of a thug as suggested above 👍🏼
The perennial sunflowers are looking good at the back of the dry border. It's a little disappointing there is nothing in front (it was supposed to be a mix of echinacea and helenium but slugs had other ideas. They don't touch these though 😁💪🏼) I need to have a think about what to try as an alternative. (NB - in case you are not familiar with them, these are different to the annual sunflower varieties)
@richard.spicer.7906 I've used copper rings around the base of my Dahlias this year as they were getting munched! So far seems successful at keeping the slimies at bay. Also successful around a clients Hosta's!
I've got Pericaria amplexicaulis Firetail growing in front of mine and it looks fab. Lush foliage with flower spike rising up above the foliage and then Helianthus Lemon Queen behind which creates a great backdrop for the Pericaria but also loads of lemon flowers on top.
Thanks @emmalaws - I will try getting some copper tape. @karyn gave me a great tip earlier in the year for Coffee Grinds too. I've managed to convince a friend at the coffee bar in work to give me a bag, which I've not used yet. It's only a small sample but should be good for sprinkling around the plant. If I use the tape too, I can plan a double defence 😀👍🏼
Ah sounds like a great combo @manoj 👍🏼😀 - I have a persicaria on my wish list which I saw in Wisley gardens but struggling to find it online or in nursery. Can't remember the flower colour though - have you heard of Persicaria virginiana var. filiformis ?🤔
Hi Richard. Yes i have. It has the most beautiful markings on the foliage. Are you looking in retail nurseries? I've seen them in trade nurseries. Are you near North London? If I see them I can get them for you and you can pick them up from me.
#autumn doesn't have to be about the colour red (although it is the most attractive hue). As this Helianthus begins to absorb all its nutrients back, it leaves this striking lime-yellow-black combination.