gardens: Best of the bunch.
These spreading, tuberous perennials with daisy-like flowers give a splash of colour in spring in a range of colours.
The first to flower is A. blanda, producing narrow petalled blue, white or pink blooms, which can be planted in full sun or I dappled shade, growing to around 6ins. They look lovely in rockeries or in drifts in grassland. Varieties include A. blanda Violet Star, which produces clear amethyst flowers with a white reverse to the petals, or A. blanda White Splendour, which spreads into drifts. Another type, A.
1 apennina, I blooms later I and also looks good in rockeries I or ground cover. A. blanda corms I should be I soaked for 24 hours before planting 6cm deep and 3cm apart in groups of 10-20 corms. They like well-drained, humus-rich soil.