How to plant eupatoriums
Eupatoriums Rugosum Chocolate or hemp agrimonies bear handsome dark purple brown foliage that will gradually fade to green as masses of tiny white flowers appear in late summer. Perfect for dry shade, these perennial plants will add depth to the garden border and will mix especially well with other perennials such as achilleas, asters, euphorbias, geraniums and phloxes or with silver grasses. They are magnets for bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.
Plant in moist, alkaline soil in partial shade. Protect from frost as this may damage new growth.
Eupatoriums are supplied in 9 cm pots. Always unpack on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
Generally, eupatoriums do not suffer from any serious diseases. However, they may be affected by:
- Aphids: these sap-eating insects can weaken plants and spread viruses. Whenever possible, pick off by hand using gloves.
- Snails and slugs: these pests enjoy munching on young shoots, stems, leaves and flowers. Watch out for damage!