Position – Full sun
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Summer
Hardiness – Hardy
Helichrysum are annual, herbaceous or evergreen perennials or shrubs. Grey-green, hairy foliage and thick, dark stems are topped with crepe-paper like, everlasting flower-heads throughout the summer. They are best suited to containers, flower beds and borders within courtyard, coastal and informal garden settings. You should expect to see Helichrysum grow to a height of between 10-50cm (4-20”) and a spread of between 30cm (12”) and 1m (3’) depending on the variety.
Helichrysum are best planted in well-drained soil of chalk and loam within an alkaline or neutral PH balance. Once all signs of frost have passed, dig a hole that is as deep and as wide as the root ball so that it is level with the surface of the soil. Space smaller varieties 20cm (8”) apart and larger varieties 40cm (16”) apart in a sunny position with shelter from peak temperatures. Water the planting area thoroughly and deeply to settle the soil in place.
Apply a thin layer of mulch in the spring and summer to retain moisture levels and to control weeds. This will also provide vital nutritional value during active growth. Pruning should be undertaken to improve the overall appearance of your Helichrysum. Remove old, dead and diseased wood or foliage and cut back to a pleasing shape.
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