- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, preferably sandy soil
- Rate of Growth: fast
- Flowering period: June to August
- Flowers: yellow
- Other features: aromatic foliage can be dried and added to pot-pourri
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Very cheerful, bright yellow, button-like flowers form in flattened clusters throughout the summer. The aromatic, feathery foliage acts as a natural insect repellent, and is said to repel many troublesome pests including wasps, flies, ants and some beetles. The flowers however are lovely by beneficial insects including bees and butterflies. Tansy is often planted beside potatoes to keep the crop healthy. The leaves can be dried and used inside the house to help deter ants.
- Garden care: Start early or late sowings off under glass, but it is possible to sow directly into a sunny, well prepared bed during warmer weather. When sown in seed trays, just cover the seed and keep well watered but not wet. Pot on when large enough to handle and harden off before planting at 30cm intervals outside in late spring or early summer.
- Sow: February - May or August - October
- Flowering: June - September
- Approximate quantity: 60 seeds.
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Q:How do I get rid of gnats?
We are having a wedding in our garden and need to eliminate gnats. We have a small pond, which doesn't help but we really don't want to get rid of it. There will not be room to have citronella flares. Is there anything we can plant? Thank youAsked on 29/6/2009 by Christopher Robinson
A:Hello there, One of the nicest things to plant that will help to discourage gnats and flying menaces is lemon verbena or Lippia Citriodora. This is a wonderful plant with pretty white flowers in summer but the real attraction is its lemon scented leaves which discourage flies. It is a slightly tender plant though that needs some shelter over winter. Other plants include garlic or garlic chives, Chamomile, Artemesia, Pyrethrum and Feverfew. I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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