Put on a fabulous cottage style show by planting these scene-stealing delphiniums! They’re slow to start but having delphiniums in the garden ensures gorgeous blooms that burst into action throughout the spring and summer seasons. And they look lovely planted among other soft, petal-heavy blooms such as hydrangeas, plumbago or roses – what a dream!
Tip: Plant delphiniums towards the back of deep garden beds with lower growing perennials in front. They will add pockets of pink, blue, red, white or yellow spires of delphinium in the garden bed for sparkling blooms from late spring through to summer. They thrive in an open, airy and sunny position with moist, fertile and well-draining soil.
Did you know
The genus name delphinium originates from the Greek delphin or delphis – meaning dolphin – referring to the shape of the nectar-filled spur encasing the ends of the petals.
You can buy them as potted colour in bloom, or plant seedlings through autumn and early winter (not suited to tropical areas.) Best suited to zones 2-6 during.