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Delphinium

Delphinium

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.

Grow delphinium 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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Part Sun, Sun

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From 1 to 20 feet

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1-3 feet wide

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Zones:

3-7

how to grow Delphinium

more varieties for Delphinium

'Blue Butterfly' delphinium
'Blue Butterfly' delphinium
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
'Dasante Blue' delphinium
'Dasante Blue' delphinium
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
Magic Fountains delphinium
Magic Fountains delphinium
Delphinium elatum Magic Fountains Series are bushy 2-1/2- to 3-foot-tall plants with blue, pink, or white flowers. Zones 3-7
'King Arthur' delphinium
'King Arthur' delphinium
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
Pacific Giants Series delphinium
Pacific Giants Series delphinium
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
'Summer Blues' delphinium
'Summer Blues' delphinium
Delphinium grandiflorum 'Summer Blues' offers soft blue flowers in summer. It grows 14 inches tall. Zones 4-7
'Summer Morning' delphinium
'Summer Morning' delphinium
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
'Summer Stars' delphinium
'Summer Stars' delphinium
Delphinium grandiflorum 'Summer Stars' is a dwarf variety that produces pure-white flowers in summer. It grows 12-14 inches tall. Zones 4-7

plant Delphinium with

Joe Pye weed
Joe Pye weed is a showstopper of a prairie native, producing huge, puffy flower heads in late summer. It prefers moist soils, but with its extensive root system, it also tolerates drought well. It is a large plant, growing 4 to 6 feet tall.Closely related, hardy ageratum is a spreading plant that grows to only 2 feet tall. Another relative, white snakeroot, reaches 4 to 5 feet tall. All are great for naturalistic or cottage plantings and for attracting butterflies.
Hyssop
This hard-working group of perennials does so much. They bloom for a long time in wonderful colors atop tall, striking plants. They produce a nectar that is irresistible to hummingbirds and butterflies. Most are heat and drought tolerant. And their foliage and flowers are fragrant, with scents ranging from licorice to bubblegum.Most require well-drained soil and prefer full sun, although they will tolerate light shade.
Salvia
There are hundreds of different types of salvias, commonly called sage, but they all tend to share beautiful, tall flower spikes and attractive, often gray-green leaves. Countless sages (including the herb used in cooking) are available to decorate ornamental gardens, and new selections appear annually. They are valued for their very long season of bloom, right up until frost. Not all not hardy in cold climates, but they are easy to grow as annuals. On square stems, clothed with often-aromatic leaves, sages carry dense or loose spires of tubular flowers in bright blues, violets, yellow, pinks, and red that mix well with other perennials in beds and borders. Provide full sun or very light shade, in well-drained average soil.

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