June Plant Of The Month – Lupins

Lupins are fabulous cottage garden plants with spires of colourful flowers which last most of the summer.  To keep them flowering remove the flower spike as the flowers die and they will put up more. However, don’t cut the plants back hard.  They don’t like it!  It can take them months to recover if in fact they do.

A good flower for pollinators although also loved by aphids so you need to keep an eye on them.  They like a sunny spot in well-drained soil but not chalky soil.  They are perennials so will die back in the winter and regrow in the spring.  They grow to a height of about 1m but are quite sturdy so don’t tend to need staking.

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