is great for attracting butterflies and bees, it's a superb architectural plant and makes a lovely dried flower.
The world's first golden sea holly
was introduced to the garden world in 2014 - it's called Neptune's Gold.
Eryngium giganteum, more often known as Miss Willmott's Ghost, is a big biennial sea holly
and in its second year throws up 3ft stems with great silvery bracted flowers.
As well as the lovely people it attracts, Kenfig Nature Reserve is a fabulous place to see rare and unusual flora and fauna; I spotted some lovely orchids and it was great to see sea holly
growing wild - I am usually incorporating that into a garden design for its beautiful steely blue foliage.
NATURE'S FINEST Top, Miss Willmott's Ghost, above, seaside plant Eryngium bourgatii, sea holly
, right, Cortaderia richardii, a relative of the pampas grass
It has a playful nod to the beehives on the Tempest building and city with the Liver Bird and sea holly
, which is Liverpool's native flower emblem.
I've tried all the seas - sea kale, sea lavender, sea holly
- and they've all died.
It has many wonderful maritime plants but the jewel in the crown is Eryngium maritimum - the true sea holly
Eryngium maritimum is the true sea holly
- difficult to grow unless in pure sand.
com or 415/336-9829) recommends the following summer bloomers for their nectar production, attractiveness to honeybees, and beautiful textures: false sea holly
(Eryngium planum), honey wort (Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'), licorice mint (Agastache rupestris), and Miss Will-mott's ghost (Eryngium giganteum).
Infinitely preferable to sea holly
, I should imagine .
The victory of Sea Holly
in the mile-and-a-half maiden provided a timely boost for trainer George Margarson, who has endured a disappointing year and who is now "picking up the crumbs of comfort where I can".
PLANT OF THE WEEK Sea holly
(Eryngium) ITcontrasts well with deep greens and purple foliage plants, standing out from the crowd with its spiky silver leaves, blue thistle heads and soft flowers.
Eryngium Giganteum, <B known as sea holly
or Miss Willmott's ghost
Below: Sea holly
Eryngium giganteum, more often known as Miss Willmott's Ghost, can be used to brighten up dull spots with little effort | Below: Sea holly
Eryngium giganteum, more often known as Miss Willmott's Ghost, can be used to brighten up dull spots with little effort