LIERAC Botanical Synergy of Alchemilla
, Ivy and Horsetail (35% concentration in GEL, 80% concentration in SOLUTION) rich in flavonoids and tannins to a smooth, tighten and firm the skin.
Good plant partners include annuals such as Gilia tricolor, Iceland poppies or salvias, or perennials including alchemilla
Plants such as vinca or periwinkle and alchemilla
are robust, grow well in the shade and provide good ground cover, keeping weeds down.
Some herbaceous plants will also set copious amounts of seed if they are not cut back so cut back the flower heads of alchemilla
to stop it spreading across the whole garden.
Under taller shrubs and roses, plant good ground cover perennials such as wild geranium (cranesbill) or Alchemilla
mollis, and take note of the atmosphere you want to create through colour.
Herbaceous ground cover like hardy geraniums and alchemilla
mollis are pretty tough and can easily be incorporated into many front gardens, he notes.
LADY'S MANTLE Also known as alchemilla
, this is a fantastic all-rounder and a tough plant suitable for problem areas.
You'll see old-fashioned favourites coming back like alchemilla
, acanthus and euphorbias, and safe varieties like Euphorbia 'Wulfenii', because it's likely to do well and you don't have to keep replacing it.
And there's alchemilla
mollis, Japanese anemones - especially the white varieties - aquilegias, astrantias, brunnera, campanula persicifolia, coreopsis verticillata, dicentra spectabilis, doronicum Miss Mason, echinops ritro, geraniums Wargrave, grandiflorum and Johnson's Blue, geum Mrs Bradshaw and Lady Stratheden, heleniums, hemerocallis or day lillies, lupins, lychnis coronaria, monarda, nepeta, phlox, pulmonarias, rudbeckias, sedum spectabile, sidalcea, stachys lanata and tradescantia.
Lady's Mantle, Alchemilla
mollis, is, of course, a necessity in cottage gardens.
Other good linking plants include the apple green Alchemilla
The patio is packed with those they've collected over the years - yuccas, fuchsia, clematis, lobelia, sedum, alchemilla
, schizostylis, montbretia and pyracantha - as well as cheerful annuals like nasturtium, impatiens, annual dianthus, double petunias, the Poor Man's Orchid (Schizanthus) and godetia.