White daisy flowers in the late summer and autumn.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
Good for wildlife in general.
How easy is it to grow:
This is good for the middle of a border, herb garden, wildlife garden, or rough area, and it is easy provided it’s not too dry and will grow in most soils, including heavy or clay soils. In a dry soil it will struggle.
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Also known as: Alecost.
Botanical name: Tanacetum balsamita and sometimes as: Balsamita major and Chrysanthemum balsamita.
Costmary culinary uses:
Use in green or fruit salad, soup, cream sauces and pot pourri.
It was used in beer making before being replaced by Hops.
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade.
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it will fill a gap in the border.
What type of soil:
Prefers a well drained soil, but tolerates clay soil, and also acidic soil.
How much moisture:
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Can get Powdery Mildew, cut off affected branches.
Trim off old flower stems.
Size of plant:
Height 1 metre.
Spread 60 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 3 plants per square metre.
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