Explore the work of the Gardeners at Rowallane Garden

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Perennials lean, topple, and flop for a variety of reasons. Sometimes an otherwise sturdy stem tumbles when rain and wind conspire with weighty blooms to bend stems to the ground. Take a look at how our Garden team employ staking to look after these special plants.

Sun-loving plants in part shade tend to stretch for the sun and frequently require staking. Other perennials are simply more prone to flop by virtue of large flower heads or lanky stems.

In their natural habitat, many perennials don't require staking because they grow among and lean on taller, stronger plants, such as shrubs, or bushy perennials.

How we Stake

Staking typically falls into two categories: preventive and remedial. Preventive staking here in Rowallane involves thoughtful planning and action before stems collapse. It's what we do for known floppers in the garden, such as Peonies, Delphiniums and Heleniums.

Looking after plants at Rowallane Garden
Staking perennials at Rowallane Garden
Looking after plants at Rowallane Garden

We choose the twiggy branches of beech trees cut in February or March before they come into leaf. The forked and branched stems can be small or large depending on which herbaceous we are staking. In general, when we stake, we want the support to be somewhere between the midpoint of plant height.

Staking perennials at Rowallane Garden
Gardeners staking perennials at Rowallane Garden
Staking perennials at Rowallane Garden

Twiggy branches are pushed into the ground all around the herbaceous clump in April. The flexible twigs are then bent and woven together over the perennial. No string or wire is required. The staking becomes virtually invisible as the plant grows up through the beech twigs. 

This clump of Globe thistle Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue in the outer walled garden tends to flop forward onto the Dalia due to the wisteria behind. The beech branches are securily  pushed in around the clump. The twiggy branches are then woven together.

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