In May our hedgerows are alive with the beautiful sight of cow parsley. Recreate that wonderful ethereal feel in your own garden with some crimson-black leaved ‘Ravenswing’ (Anthriscus sylvestris). It’s lovely for your spring garden and ideal for arrangements too.
Grow in any well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Cut down to near ground level in early autumn and mulch well
‘Ravenswing’ is a decorative cow parsley with deep-purple leaves and pink-tinged flowers. It is a short-lived perennial.
Propagate by seed; sow seeds in a cold frame in autumn or spring and select dark-leaved seedlings.
Pruning and training
Deadhead to prevent prolific self-seeding. Alernatively, leave the seed heads on for late season interest and to allow the plant to spread itself around naturally.
Plant in full sun or partial shade in well drained soil.