Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Moist, well-drained
Flowering Period – Summer
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Inula are annuals, herbaceous perennials or sub-shrubs with slender, spidery blooms that open to reveal narrow florets during the summer. Bushy mounds of attractive willowy foliage support these beautiful, often golden flowers with slender, elegant stems. It is suggested that Inula are best suited to flower beds and borders within a cottage or informal garden setting. Dependant on variety, you should expect to see your Inula grow to an approximate height of 50-100cm (20-40”) and a spread of 30-60cm (12-24”).
Inula are best planted in moist, well-drained soil of clay or loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. They will require plenty of space to grow and are best positioned in an area of full sun although they will tolerate part shade. Inula can be invasive so take care when choosing an appropriate site. Taller varieties may need staking in exposed areas.
Inula are easy to care for and require little attention during active growth. Ensure that the soil is always kept moist, particularly in periods of drought. It may be useful to apply a layer of mulch to retain moisture levels and suppress weeds whilst supplementing the soil with additional nutrition. Once flowering has ceased during the autumn, you should cut back the stems to encourage further growth from varieties that should re-appear in the following season.
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