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Delphinium selections


Looking like something out of a storybook, delphiniums are the favorite flowers of many gardeners. They produce luxurious, gravity-defying flower spikes of blue, pink, white, or purple flowers, which tower above substantial mounds of coarse leaves

Plants perform best in cool summer climates with little wind and adequate moisture. They may rebloom if flower stalks are cut back after flowers fade.

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Plant Type:
Plant Height:
1-7 feet tall
Plant Width:
1-3 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Cut Flowers,Deer Resistant
Top Varieties

Delphinium grandiflorum 'Blue Butterfly' grows to only 14 inches tall and has deep blue flowers with a hint of purple. Chinese delphinium tolerates heat better than regular delphinium, blooming through most of the summer. Zones 4-7
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Delphinium elatum 'Dasante Blue' is a compact selection with rich blue flowers with light purple tones. It grows 34 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Zones 4-7
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Delphinium elatum Magic Fountains Series are bushy 2-1/2- to 3-foot-tall plants with blue, pink, or white flowers. Zones 3-7
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Delphinium elatum 'King Arthur' is one of the Round Table Hybrids with 5- to 6-foot-tall flower spikes. It has reddish-purple flowers with a creamy white center, called a bee. Zones 3-7
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Delphinium elatum Pacific Giants Series are towering plants with bloom stalks reaching up to 7 feet tall. Colors range from light blue to white, pink, and purple. Zones 3-7
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Delphinium grandiflorum 'Summer Blues' offers soft blue flowers in summer. It grows 14 inches tall. Zones 4-7
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Delphinium grandiflorum 'Summer Morning' is the first true pink variety of Chinese delphinium. It grows only 12-14 inches tall, blooming all summer long on well-branched plants. Zones 4-7
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Delphinium grandiflorum 'Summer Stars' is a dwarf variety that produces pure-white flowers in summer. It grows 12-14 inches tall. Zones 4-7
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Plant It With
Joe Pye weed

Lofty Joe pye weed fills in the back of the border after delphiniums finish blooming, so it makes great backdrop for them.


Anise hyssop also makes a good backdrop for delphiniums. Its purple-blue blooms form after delphinium is done blooming, and the delphinium foliage covers the bare base of anise hyssop.


Purple perennial salvia coordinates beautifully, and its spires echo the towers of delphinium blooms, but on a smaller scale.