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Verbascum Cherry Helen

Mullien

Looks great planted at the back of a boarder

A fabulous plant for adding height and colour to a garden. Spikes of vivid cherry, to plum red flower spikes rise above a low rosette of grey-green leaves and can be buzzing with bees during summer.

Where?

Loves a sunny sheltered position, perfect for a bed, border, rock or gravel garden.

How?

Best in dry conditions and must have a free draining soil. Place some coarse grit or sand in the base of the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Taller flower spikes may need some support as they grow, once they fade cut back to encourage more flowers through the summer. Remove any damaged or dying leaves to tidy up the plants.

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available May - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 30 cm - 90 cm
Plant width 35 cm - 45 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 60 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Flower border and beds, Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Gravel garden

Typically available

From May to September