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If you'd like to create a cottagey effect then lupines make a pretty border plant. They'll need to be sown right away and in different areas according to your climate: in hotter regions plant in an area where light filters through, in colder climates, plant in direct sun. They appreciate a well-drained soil and require deep watering, allowing the soil to dry in between. The pretty blooms will attract and butterflies and will also self-sow.

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