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Summer Blues Delphinium

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Magnificent variety displays electric blue flowers on a mounded plant; a perfect selection for containers, along borders, or smaller spaces in the garden

Characteristics

Species:
grandiflorum
Other Species Names:
Dwarf Larkspur
Average Landscape Height:
14 inches
Average Landscape Width:
12 inches
Genus:
Delphinium
Cultivar:
Summer Blues
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Spacing:
10 inches
Flower Color:
sky blue
Flower Eye Color:
white
Flower Period:
from early summer to early fall
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Summer Blues Delphinium has masses of beautiful panicles of sky blue flowers with white eyes at the ends of the stems from early summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its crinkled ferny compound leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Summer Blues Delphinium is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Summer Blues Delphinium will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 3 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Summer Blues Delphinium is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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