Anthemic tinctoria 'E.C. Buxton'- suitable for the 'Chelsea Chop'

Anthemic tinctoria ‘E.C. Buxton’- suitable for the ‘Chelsea Chop’


Avoid the need for staking by growing compact versions of tall perennials or plant them close together so that they support each other. You can also cut back later flowering perennials in late spring by pinching out or cutting back stems by about a half- the so called ‘Chelsea Chop’- this will promote more compact and later flowering plants that do not need staking. Also, select flowering plants with weather-resistant blooms which stand up to wind and rain and that don’t need regular deadheading for continuous flowering.

Further information:

Plants for Gardening in a rainier Britain- Daily Telegraph

Rain- proof flowers

Pruning perennial and annual plants- BBC

Dwarf perennials- Guardian Garden Centre

Source: ‘Short Cuts to Great Gardens’ (Reader’s Digest 1999)

Old School Gardener