The first new lime green shoots of the bronze fennel have pushed up from the base.
At the end of autumn the browning flower stalks are left standing for as long as the native bees frequent them.
When these beneficial insects disappear the stalks are cut to the ground and the plant rests, restores then regenerates.
During the spring the wispy leaves develop a deep bronze colour and the plant spreads into a cloud as it reaches a height of a metre and a half forming a beautiful ferny background to the garden bed.
Then the beneficial insects once more move in to work and hover in the dappled sunlight.
It complements the purple and grey colours of Mexican Sage which grows along side of it,