To Stake Or Not To Stake ? A Guide On Supporting Perennials.
This particular plant support is ideal for keeping medium herbaceous under control !
BBQ grid supports are ideal for tall perennials up to 2m tall such as Campanulas and Alstromerias to prevent their stems from collapsing.
Link stakes can be arranged in a square, a triangle or a round shape around a single or group of plants.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that, supports used for taller plants, may need to be anchored to the ground to prevent them falling over on windy days and destroying the plant and / or other plants in the border.
If you would prefer to use natural materials in the garden, why not use branches of hazel, willow or birch to make domes. To make a dome; cut branches of the chosen material, such as hazel, push each branch into the ground to form a ‘circular wall’ around the plant which is usually a clump forming perennial. Take two opposite branches, bend over the thinner tops and weave their ends together, continue the process with the remaining branches until all the ends are woven together to form the roof of the dome. The height of the dome should be roughly two thirds of the final height of the plant. The twigs from the branches around the sides of the dome can also be woven together to strengthen and neaten the structure.
Whichever method you choose for supporting or staking your herbaceous perennials; the plant stems can be ‘tied in’ gently / not too tightly to their supports. When tied, the stems should be able to move gently inside the loop of twine during wind to prevent damage to its stems.
Hopefully, you are now more informed about your choices for supporting / staking plants and are happy to give it a go! Then, stand back and admire your favourite plants in full bloom during the summer and into autumn.
For more information on staking and training your perennial garden plants, please contact our friendly horticultural team on 01869 340342 or come and visit our 23 acre nursery.
We also sell a lovely range of plants supports via our Rosara website of which a few are featured here.