JUNE TO JULY: DELPHINIUMS
AND VERBENAS DELPHINIUMS
come in gorgeous shades of blue, pink, white, and purple, and like well-drained, fertile soil in full sun.
are prone to powdery mildew, a fungus that thrives in dry conditions.
| PHLOX have fairly solid stems but those of lupins, delphiniums
and most labiates become hollow quickly.
, matching the groom's boutonniere, were intricately placed in her simple but stylish ponytail, serving as her "something blue." The bride carried a bouquet featuring a base of blue hydrangeas with orange roses highlighting the volken blue delphiniums
and wrapped in Midori silk ribbon.
And continue to support tall flowerers such as delphiniums
I recalled how often I stand amazed at the unparalleled ingenuity and imaginative beauty of flowers--morning glory, fuchsias, delphiniums
, gentians; or the ten or more bird varieties that visit our town garden, from green woodpeckers to wrens; the exquisite colourings of the red admiral and peacock butterflies.
Protect young, tender shoots of delphiniums
and hostas from slugs.
, foxgloves, hollyhocks, and verbascum provide the perfect accents, punctuating beds and borders with statuesque candles of bloom.
PLANT | of the week: MONKSHOOD IF you like delphiniums
, you might like this plant.
are stately border perennials which come in a wonderful variety of colours.
grow best in full sun or where they will receive sun for at least half the day.
need staking although some of the Elatum hybrids, such as 'Mighty Atom' and 'Lord Butler' have spires which will cope well in windy conditions.
and hollyhocks have dwarf forms but for the back of the border look for Delphinium
Pacific Giants and Hollyhock Halo, reaching 5 to 6ft.
I had to give mine up after many years owing to age and medical reasons, but anyone with a small garden can still supplement their vegetables, as I do amongst my roses, lavender and delphiniums
, sweet peas, peony roses, hydrangea, tea roses, stock and snapdragon.