Mostly native to wet grasslands and woodlands commonly found in Central and Eastern Asia, ligularias or leopard plants are incredible herbaceous perennials bearing striking spikes of yellow flowers, held high above large decorative leaves. Particularly suited for mixed border planting, they can also be grown near water. Try mixing them with dahlias, heleniums, eupatoriums or heucheras.
Plant ligularias in moderately fertile, moist, humus-rich soil in partial or full shade and they will reward you with a stunning display in the summer. Shelter from strong winds.
Ligularias 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, ligularias do not suffer from any serious diseases. However, they can be affected by snails and slugs that will happily eat away at the young shoots in the spring. Watch out for damage!