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Knautia ‘Melton Pastels’
(Macedonia Scabious)


Item release date 30 April 2024.
Great for wildlife
July - September
100cm x 50cm
Attracts Wildlife
Fully Hardy

Knautia is our beloved late Summer perennial, featuring pincushion-like flowers in pastel hues atop exceptionally tall, airy stems from July to September, attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Ideal for filling gaps in the rear of borders as earlier perennials wane, they also complement wildflower meadow schemes with their natural charm.

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Knautia 'Melton Pastels' is a perennial that captures the essence of a pastel-hued dream in your garden. This delightful addition to our collection boasts an array of soft, muted colours, including gentle pinks, lavenders, and creams, creating a harmonious and soothing palette. The dainty, pincushion-like flowers bloom on slender stems, add an airy and whimsical quality to your garden beds and borders. Selected for its charming pastel tones, Knautia 'Melton Pastels' is a versatile choice for a range of garden designs. Whether incorporated into cottage gardens, informal landscapes, or mixed borders, this perennial adds a touch of grace and tranquillity. The plant's bushy habit and slender stems make it a delightful presence in both formal and relaxed settings. Known for its easy-going nature, 'Melton Pastels' requires minimal care, making it a perfect choice for gardeners of all levels. The flowers attract pollinators and has been given the prestigious RHS Plants for Pollinators award due to its nectar rich blooms which contribute to the biodiversity of your outdoor space. With its extended bloom period, this perennial provides long-lasting beauty, ensuring your garden remains a haven of pastel perfection from late Spring to early Autumn. At the end of the season the flowers will self-seed in the Autumn, either leave them to naturally spread or harvest and store the seeds for the next season.    

Planting Conditions

For a thriving Knautia, consider these planting conditions; Choose well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH to ensure proper drainage and optimal growth. Place in a sunny location, providing at least six hours of sunlight daily, for a prolific blooming season from July to September. Optimal planting time is during Spring or Autumn, avoiding frosty snaps for seamless establishment. These simple guidelines, focusing on suitable soil composition and ample sunlight, will create a delightful display of Knautia's pincushion-like blooms in your garden.

Watering & Feeding

Watering and feeding Knautia is a simple process. Maintain consistently moist soil, particularly during dry spells, to support healthy growth, but avoid waterlogging as Knautia thrives in well-drained conditions. Water regularly during the first season, but once established they are drought tolerant. Apply a balanced, general-purpose fertiliser in Spring, providing essential nutrients without overwhelming the plant. This straightforward routine ensures the well-being of your Knautia, allowing it to flourish and showcase its delightful pincushion-like flowers. With these basic care practices, Knautia becomes a charming addition to any garden, offering a burst of colour and natural beauty during its blooming season.

General Care

Caring for Knautia is uncomplicated and ensures a flourishing display. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage continuous blooming from July to September, extending the vibrant season. They will need to be in a nice sunny spot and as the plant can sprawl you may want to stake it to give it some support depending on whether you're happy for a natural look or if you have more formal borders. This perennial thrives in well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH, making it resilient and adaptable. While Knautia is generally disease-resistant, monitor for pests, and apply organic controls if necessary. Light pruning in early Spring promotes bushier growth and maintains its natural charm. With minimal effort and attention, Knautia becomes a resilient and delightful addition to your garden, enchanting both seasoned gardeners and those just starting their green journey.