A delightful old-fashioned perennial, seen at its best when theare sparkling with dewdrops. Alchemilla grows as a flat-topped clump of foliage, each pale green being lobed and serrated with a fine, hairy covering. It is a useful ground cover plant in light shade, bearing fluffy branching sprays of tiny in summer. Both leaves and floral sprays are widely used in flower . Once flowering has finished, cut the plants back to just above ground level and in October cover the crowns with coarse sand, peat or bracken.
VARIETIES: The species grown in the herbaceous border is A. mollis. Basic details are height 1.25 ft. Spacing 1.5 ft and a
Flowering period: from June to August. Theare greenish yellow and about Ve in. across. A much more compact species (A. alpina, 6 in.) is grown in rockeries.
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives in sun or light shade.
PROPAGATION: Easily raised fromsown in spring. Divide clumps in April or May.