Commonly known as Lady's mantles, alchemillas are lovely hardy perennials producing small clusters of frothy, chartreuse flowers above beautifully textured grey-green leaves. Known for their spreading habit, they are fantastic gound cover plants for the cottage, wild or modern garden, and are particularly suited for the rockery or the edge of the border where their morning dew-covered, sparkly foliage can fully be appreciated. Plant en masse or try mixing with purple asters, erysimums, geraniums, heucheras or nepetas for more contrast. Alchemillas are good for cut flowers.
Plant in moist, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Cut back to ground level as soon as flowering is finished to help the leaves rejuvinate.
Alchemillas are supplied in 9 cm pots. Always unpack and plant on arrival.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
Alchemillas do not usually suffer from any serious pest problems or diseases. However, snails and slugs may be an issue as they enjoy munching on young foliage. Watch out for damage!