These perennial plants grow in patches of about fifteen centimeters in height. In a sunny situation and in poor soil, they can become quite dominant at the expenses of neighboor plants. In the summer, surprise: silver and hairy floral stems surmount the cushions of leaves, followed by small pink tubular flowers. Insects quite fancy the stachys flowers. It is a perfect plant for sunny embankments.
Sowing & planting
15 - 60
6 - 8
Plant my stachys
Betony is satisfied with any type of garden soil, with a preference for well-drained ones.
A sunny slope is often the best location.
The ideal planting period is spring.
We advise to keep about twenty centimeters between each plant, and to mulch between them the first year. Then your betony will expand very quickly to fill these spaces.
To install the betony, prepare the planted area by breaking it down with a fork. If your land is very heavy, add gravel at the bottom of the hole.
Plant without burying the bottom of the leaves - the contact of the earth promotes their decay.
After planting, water copiously.
To mulch, avoid organic mulching in heavy soil. They hold the winter water and betony hates it. A mineral mulch - pebbles - is better.
Water my stachys
In the open soil, water the first months if it is very dry.
Wait for the top soil to dry between two waterings.
Weed my stachys
Once a year, go to your massif to do some sorting. Stachys spread themselves much and are very vigorous.
They will not blame you if you remove some misplaced or invasive stems.
Prune my stachys
At the end of the season, trim the flower stems to keep the low shape of your stachys. A pruner and some patience will do the trick.