A large group of graceful perennials, most of which bear shallow cup-shaped. They bloom from early spring to late autumn and many have attractive heads and rich, dark green foliage. are fully- to frost-hardy.
Suitable site and soil.prefer a well-drained soil rich in humus. A limy soil will produce the best flowers on the tallest . Choose a naturalized, woodland setting or plant in mixed shrub and flower borders.
Cultivation and care. Plant out spring-flowering tuberous varieties in late summer or early autumn. Summer-flowering varieties should be planted in spring or early summer.
Propagation. Divide clumps in spring, collect andseed in late autumn or take from some types.
Recommended varieties. A. x hybrida or Japanese species ofbloom in late summer and early autumn. Look out for reddish-pink ‘Queen Charlotte’, semi-double; white ‘Honorine Jobert’. A. blanda blooms in spring, is perfect for a rock garden and is available in pink, blue and purple. A. coronaria ‘St Brigid’ comes in bright reds and blues, has parsley-like foliage and fresh tubers should be planted each year. A. nemorosa or wood , is a woodland plant that naturalizes freely and is perfect in a partially-shaded location. A. sylvestris has carpeting, invasive fragrant white flowers in spring and early summer.
Pests and diseases. Seedlings are prone to attack by flea beetles.may infest and .
Plant alltubers 5cm – 2in deep and 10-15cm – 4-6in apart in humus-rich, well-drained soil.
A. coronaria likes a sunny site while A. blanda and A. nemorosa prefer partial shade and look : good in a natural : ‘woodland’ setting.