Position – Part shade
Soil – Moist, well-drained
Flowering Period – Spring
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Galium are annuals or perennial plants with delicate, clambering stems and spear-shaped leaves that grow in tight clumps set below tiny flecks of white or yellow flowers. These plants have originated from mainland Europe as well as North Africa. Galium look great within flower beds and borders or used as groundcover in cottage and wildlife gardens. You should expect to see Galium grow to an approximate height of 50cm (20”) and a spread of 1.5m (60”).
Galium are best planted in moist, well-drained soil of chalk, clay, sand and loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. They are best positioned in an area of part shade as full sunlight will scorch and damage the foliage. If planted in a moist site, they are quick to form a thick carpet of groundcover, spreading with ease, so be sure to keep your plants contained if you wish to limit its invasiveness.
Once your plants are established, there is very little care required. Follow a regular and extensive watering routine during its first season of growth. This will ensure that your plants develop a deep and extensive root system. As Galium mature, your watering schedule can lessen until periods of drought arise. You may wish to feed your plant with a general-purpose fertiliser but this is not essential.
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