Easy-to-grow Brachyglottis is a silver-leaved hardy shrub producing masses of cheery yellow flowers during summer.
Brachyglottis is the perfect choice if you want year-round colour but don't have a lot of time to spend tending to the garden, or perhaps the gardening know-how. This unfussy plant will happily tolerate all sorts of tough conditions like hot, sunny, exposed or coastal sites, as well as dry shade under trees or in small enclosed gardens. Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' is a particularly good variety, holding an RHS Award of Garden Merit and famous for its simple yet showy and reliable garden performance. Its resilience is what makes this easy-care shrub so useful. Brachyglottis has a fairly relaxed habit with woody, spreading branches which quickly fill large gaps in borders. The evergreen silver foliage brings light to a shady spot all year round, and also adds contrast within sunny mixed borders. During summer, it comes alive with bright yellow daisy-like flowers which not only look lovely, but attract bees and butterflies too.
Perfect for anyone who needs simple and reliable colour in the garden - whether you're green-fingered or not, this excellent shrub won't let you down.
Plant Type: Shrub
Hardiness: H4 Hardy. Minimum temperature -10 to -5.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 1.5m x W 1.5m (Maturity age: 10 Years)
Foliage Colour: Silver
Flower Colour: Yellow
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden, Coastal Garden, Mediterranean Garden
Season of Interest: Summer, Autumn
Flowering (from - to): May - August
Brachyglottis is a resilient shrub which thrives in most conditions, from shaded enclosed spaces to dry, sunny and coastal sites. Grows best in full sun but also tolerates shade and semi shade.
This hardy shrub will grow in an free-draining soil, preferring dry conditions to wet. With a spreading habit, it's best suited to a wide space in the border, planted with about 1m of room to spread out.
Water well when first planting and then continue to water regularly throughout the first season to allow the roots to establish. Once established, this plant won't require any watering unless conditions are extremely hot and dry.
It's a good idea to feed your plant occasionally with an all-purpose liquid feed to start with, which will encourage healthy new growth, although feeding generally isn't essential.
Deadhead after flowering in summer. If you require a more compact shape, use secateurs to prune excess branches back by one third in autumn.