Delphinium

These stalwarts of the grand herbaceous border offer structure and well-defined height. Although there are many named varieties, most are expensive and difficult to obtain. The varieties described here are raised from seed selected from the Pacific Hybrids Series of plants. They were raised decades ago in the USA, so colours may vary slightly. All bear flower spikes packed with disc-like blooms, which have buff or black centres known as ‘bees’ or ‘eyes’. The spikes tower above a mounding clump of delicately fingered, mid-green leaves.

   

Left to right: Delphinium 'Astolat', Delphinium 'Galahad', Delphinium 'Summer Skies'

Needs Well-drained soil in sun

Great for Back of the border

Bees & Butterflies Bees

For Cutting Yes

Care Give plants rich, deep, well-dug soil and add manure to get the best results. Protect from slugs. Varieties grown from seed - you will know which these are because they are the cheapest to buy - may vary in colour slightly.

Good with other tall plants such as Aconitum, Alcea (Hollyhock) and Lupinus (Lupin)