LYSIMACHIA Creeping Jenny

Creeping Jenny (Moneywort) is the dwarf Lysimachia which grows wild in Britain and has been used in gardens for hundreds of years. Its vigorous trailing stems serve as an effective ground cover for damp places, stifling weeds and providing a display of yellow flowers in summer. It thrives in the moist soil adjacent to ponds, but it will grow quite happily in the rockery if compost is added to the soil before planting.

VARIETIES: The common-or-garden Creeping Jenny is L. num-mularia – height 2 in., spread 1.5 ft.

Flowering period: June-July. The V2 in. flowers are bright yellow saucers and the leaves are bright green. It is a vigorous carpeting plant – far too invasive for a small rockery. Choose instead the yellow-leaved variety ‘Aurea’ – it is much less vigorous and its foliage remains attractive all year round.

SITE AND SOIL: Requires well-drained, humus-rich soil in a partially shaded spot.

PROPAGATION: Plant cuttings in a cold frame in spring or divide clumps in autumn.

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