Delphinium Light Blue White Bee
(Larkspur)

£15.00

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Great for wildlife
Attracts Wildlife
50cm x 40cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Fully Hardy

A traditional cottage garden plant with gorgeously delicate light blue flowers with dark foliage. This flower will attract bees and other pollinators to your garden, making them perfect for wildlife focussed gardens. Looks great in beds and borders, or potted on the patio.

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RHS Plants For Pollinators
RHS Garden Merit Award
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Description

Delphinium need to be in the sun for at least half of the day, so choose a spot in the garden accordingly. Soil must be fertile and free draining, so if your soil is poor then dig in plenty of new compost or organic matter to enrich it. Water plants well to establish and maintain a regular watering and feeding schedule throughout the months that the plant is growing. Flower spikes may need to be tied to a stake to stop them from blowing over and getting damaged. Remove dead flowers and once the plant has finished its 1st flush of flowering in late May or early June, chop the plant back by half to encourage a second flush of flowers later in the summer. This is often called the 'Chelsea Chop' as plants tend to be nearing the end of their 1st flush around the time of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Planting Conditions

Delphinium Light Blue White Bee thrives best in full sun or partial shade, in well-draining soil with a pH level of 6.5 to 7.5. The soil should be rich in organic matter and moist but not waterlogged. It's best to avoid areas with strong winds or heavy foot traffic as the tall stems can easily snap or break. Planting in a protected area or in a row against a fence can help support the plant as it grows. Delphiniums also benefit from regular deadheading, so planting them where they are easily accessible can make this task more manageable. Overall, selecting the right location for planting is key to ensuring that this plant thrives and produces beautiful blooms.

Watering & Feeding

To keep your Delphinium Light Blue White Bee healthy and vibrant, it's important to make sure it receives consistent watering and nutrients. During the growing season, water your plant regularly, aiming to keep the soil evenly moist. However, be careful not to over-water, as this can lead to root rot. A good rule of thumb is to water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Fertilising your Delphinium Light Blue White Bee will also help promote healthy growth and abundant blooms. You can use a balanced, all-purpose fertiliser or one that is specifically formulated for flowering plants. Apply the fertiliser according to the package directions, typically once a month during the growing season. It's also a good idea to mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Avoid placing the mulch directly against the stem, as this can lead to rot.

General Care

Delphiniums are relatively low maintenance plants, but a little attention goes a long way. Once established, they will require minimal watering, but during hot and dry spells, regular watering is necessary. Avoid wetting the foliage, as this can cause mildew and other fungal diseases. To keep the plant looking neat and tidy, deadhead regularly by removing spent blooms. This will not only make the plant look better but also encourage it to produce more flowers. In addition, pruning the plant in the late summer or early autumn will promote healthy growth and encourage the development of new shoots in the spring. When pruning, cut back the stems to just above the ground level. Delphiniums can also be susceptible to pests and diseases. Keep an eye out for slugs and snails, as they can easily damage the foliage and flowers. Powdery mildew is another common problem, which can be prevented by avoiding overhead watering and providing good air circulation around the plant. Applying a fungicide may also be necessary in severe cases.