Staking is one of the most important operations in the garden and varies with the type of plant under consideration. Whatever method is employed it should be done early in May.
1. The most usual method employed is to place three bamboo canes at equal distances round each clump and twist tarred string from cane to cane. Insert the canes at least 9 in. in the soil to withstand strong winds and rain.
2. Pea •boughs pushed in among herbaceous perennials and smaller twigs among annuals is the least unsightly’ and best metho’cl. As will be seen from the illustration, when the plants are in flower the supporting twigs are almost invisible.
3. There are many patented stakes on the market, of which the type illustrated is most suitable for delphiniums and other tall perennials. Different ized rings are available for single stems or whole clumps.
4. Yet another simple method for the coarser perennials, such as Michaelmas daisies, is shown here. A circular piece of wire netting and a stout stake are all that is required. As the plants grow taller the wire is gently raised. Many flowering plants need stakes to support their heavy blooms. Give them the required support early, or a sudden storm of wind* or rain may ruin all the flowers. Other plants, e.g., Montbretias and even gladioli if planted deeply, need no staking.