How to grow: Anthemis

However, in recent years the gardeners’ wariness about using vivid colour has meant that the pale-yellow varieties have been more widely used than their vibrant relatives.

Anthemis tinctoria ‘E C Buxton’ is a fine plant and can be woven through entire borders like pale thread through a tapestry. Although it dates from 1910 it is still going strong.

Recent introductions are invariably pale yellow; they include ‘Sauce Hollandaise’, an upright plant with dark-green foliage and creamy-yellow flowers about an inch in diameter. This Dutch plant was brought to this country by Monksilver Nursery in the early 1990s and flowers in midsummer.

Anthemis ‘Susanna Mitchell’ (introduced a little later by Blooms of Bressingham) has the added advantage of flowering much earlier than the others. This tinctoria hybrid is crossed with the spring-flowering A. punctata subsp. cupaniana – a white sprawling daisy with silver leaves. As a result, ‘Susanna Mitchell’ (a compact plant with silver-green foliage and pale-yellow flowers) sometimes flowers as early as April. ‘Tetworth’ also shares the same parentage and bears lots of small white daisies.

Good companions

The sun-loving orange-yellow blends perfectly with warm, fiery reds, yellows and oranges. Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, smoky fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), yellow, orange and brown hemerocallis and orange-red or yellow dahlias will all help to create a warm blast of colour when used with ‘Grallagh Gold’.

All the yellow anthemis are set off beautifully by blue flowers. Try the cobalt blue of nepetas and the darker agapanthus. The dark-blue bells of the herbaceous, non-climbing Clematis integrifolia, the dark, almost-black Penstemon ‘Blackbird’, dark-blue Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’ and S. x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ are all good companions.

Weaving the softer, paler-coloured forms such as ‘E C Buxton’ through a sunny border with Stipa tenuissima and the dark, compact Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ can work well.

Growing tips

Anthemis enjoy well-drained soil in full sun and thrive in warm, dry summers.

All are short-lived perennials if left to their own devices. The secret is to cut them back hard after flowering to encourage new growth from the base.

‘Grallagh Gold’ has stiff woody stems and needs some support to keep it in a neat, close shape. Metal hoops and twiggy stems are the best methods. All anthemis thrive on light soil and never need feeding.

Propagation

They will fade away unless divided every third year, sooner if they lack vigour. Simply pull the woody shoots away from the base, usually straight after flowering, and cut each stem down to 6in. These should be potted up individually in an equal mix of compost and horticultural sand. The shoots root quickly and some will already have roots when you pull them away from the parent. New plants can be kept watered through summer, then replanted either in autumn or next spring.

Where to buy

Golden Marguerite, Dyer’s Chamomile ‘E.C. Buxton’

Category:

Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth

This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Dark/Black

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

Where to Grow:

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Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Cream/Tan

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Galva, Illinois

Aberdeen, Maryland

Himrod, New York

North Plains, Oregon

Dallas, Texas

Dumfries, Virginia

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