Q&A: How to successfully grow lupin

These old cottage-garden favourites, whose colourful flowers appear from early summer onwards, are still incredibly popular '“ and still come with some baggage.

Lupin

There is also a fungal disease Lupin anthracnose which affects the leaves and stems.

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But when they’re untouched by pests and diseases, they are incredibly lovely plants. Deadheading the plants as the blooms fade will encourage a second flush of flowers.

Lupins like a well-drained soil and plenty of sun, and although they are not the longest-lived of perennials, they are easy to replace – sow seed under glass in spring or plant basal cuttings in March. Or, buy named varieties of plants, such as ‘Noble Maiden’, from a recognised grower or specialist.

Left to their own devices, lupins will spread and self-seed.