Posted: 06/03/2014 at 23:09
Mike, until this last year, I have to admit I could take or leave them.Mine were 20 year old, spread around a bit, in a shady place that nothing much else grows, and tend to be ignored. However, the new breeding lines coming along in the last 20 years have changed them out of all recognition. Look at the photos on Ashwood nurseries site.
Then if you can, go visit the nursery. The actual plants are better than the photos show. The big polytunnel full is mind blowing. I'm now digging out the old ones and replacing with new improved versions. I hope to grow some nice seedlings on using the Ashwood plants as parents. Some of them look like dahlias except they flower in winter and less trouble.