Growing Sanguisorba officinalis Arnhem in the UK
Its tall and airy and it is the first time we have grown it
performance in our garden
I take great pleasure in growing plants which we have never before had a go at. The Sanguisorba officinalis Arnhem is one of those.
In April of this year we planted two of these in the main border of the back garden. I didn’t really expect much of them this year as they were small plants, in one ltr pots.
However by mid June, they had clearly taken a good hold and the ferny green foliage was over four feet tall.
First of the red flowers opened in early July and were still looking good in mid August.
We positioned the Sanguisorba officinalis Arnhem in a central position of the border, where leaves of perennials, not quite as tall would prevent this giant which had grown to over six feet from looking out of place.
I did have to stake the plants. A single cane carefully placed to be discreet gave all the support necessary.
There is no doubt, the plants look good in spite of this large border dominating the back garden to an extent that some changes will have to be made.
Will I be making the changes, well, developments in six months time will prevent this from happening.
Sanguisorba officinalis Arnhem (great burnet) is a tall lanky plant reaching seven feet. Many gardeners favour this form over some of the others due to the flower colour which is described as being raspberry red.
Planted in the centre of a deep border the open structure of the tall flower stems enable you to view plants at the very back of the border which may not be quite as tall.
Very easy to establish and the growth from a plant in a one ltr pot is remarkable in the first season.
The blooms of Arnhem do not continue into late Autumn as do some of the other forms.
Although this plant thrives in our Cheshire garden I am not so sure how it would have done back home in Aberdeen. Mind you a very sheltered spot can throw up many surprises.
If you have taken a liking to Sanguisorba then there are about 30 species to choose from. Some short at about 30cm/12in tall and others like Arnhem reaching over 170cm/7ft
position *** full sun/partial shade
soil *** any good quality garden soil enriched with compost
hardiness *** generally reported as being fully hardy
flowers *** raspberry red blooms July/early September
height *** 120cm/6/7ft
Having lived in Aberdeen Scotland for sixty eight years, two years nine months ago we moved to Cheshire in the north west of England.
Well, its not over yet. From out of the blue an opportunity arose whereby we could move back to Scotland to a coastal area not very far from Edinburgh.
This time its a spacious detached bungalow with a not so very spacious garden. However as you can see, we are getting on and will take great pleasure in making the most of the small garden space. Moving Jan/Feb
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