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Choosing the very best plant supports for perennial plants is always a challenge. Firstly you’ve got to decide which type of plant support to go for. Should it be something robust made of metal, or something more natural, or even homemade?
Then you have to decide exactly when to put them in place. Some support frames need to be carefully positioned over clumps early in the season to ensure that foliage and stems grow up through holes for support.
Never leave delphiniums and other tall perennials unstaked. All it takes is one downpour and strong wind when plants are coming into flower and the whole lot can be flattened.
But this May has caught me out. Some of my plant supports are in place, but not all of them. In the past two-three weeks my perennial plants have soared upwards, and being preoccupied with other parts of the garden I took my eye off the ball. Now these perennials, including my delphiniums, have grown too tall to comfortably drop a metal plant support frame over the top of the plants without damaging them.
An alternative method of support is required, so I’ll resort to using bamboo plant supports. Long, thick canes are hammered down into the dry soil, and green string is wound round the clump from cane to cane to hold everything upright. It’s not ideal, but better than nothing.
I don’t want the canes to stand out and look unsightly, so I cut the tops off so they sit just below the base of the flower spike. I’m hoping foliage will fill out and hide the canes completely. After all, I want to enjoy sumptuous flowers and not unsightly stakes this summer.
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