Taller perennials such as Phlox, Monarda, Echinops and Helenium always look very bare and unhealthy at the base of the plants.
Is this their natural growth habit or is it because of the wet weather we are experiencing?
Can healthier growth at the base of the plant be encouraged through mulching or feeding?
I've added a picture of what I am trying to describe - it does look rather wet - it was just after a heavy rain/hail shower.
Any tips and advice much appreciated - probably a silly question to some of you but it's been really bugging me for ages now :)) Cheers
- 30 Aug, 2012