Growing guide

How to grow garden euphorbias

Many garden euphorbias are a staple of early summer gardens, with their acid yellow, green and bright orange shades amid the fresh foliage of the season. Others perform later in the summer, providing a vibrant contrast that mixes well with other perennials. These plants come from a wide range of habitats, and can be loosely divided into those that can be grown in the average border, those that may need more careful siting with regards to drainage, and those that enjoy moist or shaded conditions. 

Quick facts

  • Generally easy to grow
  • Herbaceous or shrubby in habit
  • Many are hardy, others need lighter soils with good drainage or a milder location
  • Flowers in spring or summer
  • Ideally plant in spring
  • Maintain by either deadheading, thinning spent flowering stalks or cutting down in autumn
  • A few can be invasive where space is limited
  • Propagate by division or cuttings

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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