Stachys 'Summer Sweets'
Stachys 'Summer Sweets'
Stachys 'Summer Sweets'
Stachys 'Summer Sweets'

Stachys 'Summer Sweets'

"Betony"

Stachys 'Summer Sweets'

1 bare root — £2.98

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Description

This gorgeous, brand-new form of betony is sure to turn heads. It is a distant cousin to the familiar lamb’s-ears, but it could not be more different to look at! For hundreds of years, betony has been grown for its medicinal uses—but it is also extremely beautiful, and in the past few years much breeding work has been undertaken to achieve the very best ornamental garden plant!  

Stachys 'Summer Sweets' is such a new plant you’ll have to search hard to find it. Compact and with an upright habit, it is moderately vigorous with leaves of mid-green. However, it’s the delicious pale rose-pink flowers we want, and these come freely, in densely packed clusters over a long period, between June and September. Ideal for growing in patio pots or in the open border, the flowers will attract bees looking for nectar. However, perhaps you will prefer to enjoy the blooms in a vase instead—this new Stachys variety is next to pots also good for cutting. 

Stachys officinalis 'Summer Sweets'® is deciduous, meaning the it dies back in autumn. Cut back stems close to ground level from late February, through to late March. 

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Drought tolerant

  • Fully hardy

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Stachys officinalis 'Summer Sweets'

  • Flower colour

    Pink

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    30-50cm

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Dry

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Stachys 'Summer Sweets' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Betony" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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The beauty of perennial plants doesn’t just lie in their long-lasting flowers and sturdy, resilient nature, but it’s their sheer determination to keep on coming back stronger every year —in year one they’re good, but in future years they’re even better!

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