Sunday, August 23, 2009


Delphinium Pacific Hybrids

Delphiniums are one of the most stately flowers of Spring reaching a height of about 1.5 metres. The best I have ever seen were at the Chelsea Flower Show with displays of near perfect blooms. I can't grow these tall ones as they require a sheltered spot with rich organic soil and plenty of water and it is just too warm on the coast for them to last very long. The dwarf cultivar 'Marine Blue' is worth growing as it does not require staking and the flower colour is a unique dark ultramarine blue. In cool temperate climates Delphiniums can be treated as short lived perennials ,lasting a few years before needing to be replaced.

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