LYSIMACHIA

Lysimachia is a useful plant for a damp site in partial shade. The erect stems bear white or yellow flowers, depending on which of the two species you grow, and you would never guess that they were related. Dig plenty of compost into the soil before planting and remember that these plants can spread rapidly. To prevent them from crowding other plants, dig up the clumps, divide and then replant every three years. Creeping Jenny (L.

VARIETIES: L. clethroides (Chinese Loosestrife) bears curved spikes about 5 in. long of tiny white flowers – the lance-shaped leaves and flower spikes give it the appearance of a small Buddleia bush. Basic details are height 3 ft. Spacing 2 ft.

Flowering period: July-September. L. punctata (Yellow Loosestrife) is rather smaller (2.5 ft) and blooms earlier (June-August). Its leafy stems bear whorls of yellow, starry flowers which have a reddish tinge at the base of the petals.

SITE AND SOIL: Any moisture-retentive garden soil will do – thrives in sun or partial shade.

PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in autumn or spring.

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