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Polemonium ‘Bressingham Purple’
(Jacob's Ladder)


Great for wildlife
June - July
70cm x 45cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Fully Hardy

Great for both it’s foliage and flowers ‘Polemonium Bressingham Purple’ is an eye-catching perennial. In early spring dark purple, fern-like leaves emerge and make a lovely foil for the clusters of blue flowers that float on tall stems above the foliage. This free-flowering perennial is perfect for the middle of a border or patio container and is loved by bees and other pollinators.

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Polemonium 'Bressingham Purple' is an interesting early flowering perennial for your garden, where vivid lilac-blue clusters of bell-shaped flowers crown the dark purple fern-like foliage and prominent bright yellow anthers further add to its visual charm. We highly celebrate this rare occurrence of dual interest where unique foliage colour is combined with a vibrant colourful flower on our nursery. Jacob's Ladder creates an early introduction for the growing season that lasts from Spring to mid-Summer, for those that, like us, cannot wait to enjoy colour in their outdoor space. 'Bressingham Purple'; a Blooms introduction from Blooms of Bressingham stables; will hum with the harmonious buzz of wildlife from your partially shaded beds and borders. Well-recognised as a powerful pollinator, 'Bressingham Purple' provides forage with its fragrant flowers for a wide variety of declining pollinating insects. A sign that Spring is here! Yet, what truly endears 'Bressingham Purple' to the hearts of gardeners is its magnificent low-maintenance charm. This perennial gem invites you to indulge in the pleasures of carefree gardening, a visual feast unfolding effortlessly with minimal intervention. Watch as the dark fern-like leaves gracefully frame the vibrant clusters, painting a scene of natural colour and texture in your borders. And when you just need more? You can cut the fragrant 'Bressingham Purple' for use in your cut flower arrangements! We recommend pairing your Polemonium with Aquilegia, Hosta and Poppy's for a visually interesting mix of highly resilient and truly fully hardy perennials that complement each other perfectly.

Planting Conditions

For optimal growth of Polemonium 'Bressingham Purple,' we recommend choosing well-drained soil with rich, moist conditions. This perennial thrives in a location with partial to full shade, ensuring protection from intense sunlight. They can be planted in a sunny or shaded spot, but leaf and flower colour are at their best if planted in a position that receives both sun and shade. Adequate spacing of around 12-18 inches allows proper air circulation and prevents overcrowding. Planting in very early Spring or Autumn is advised for successful establishment, avoiding any frosts. 'Bressingham Purple' adds a delightful touch to shaded areas, early in the growing season with its clusters of lilac-blue flowers. By following these planting guidelines, you create an environment that encourages the health and vigour of this long lasting perennial in your garden.

Watering & Feeding

We advise maintaining Polemonium 'Bressingham Purple' with careful watering and feeding. Keep the soil consistently moist, particularly during dry periods, to support its preference for rich, moist conditions. However, avoid waterlogging, as this perennial appreciates a balanced moisture level. Feeding is undemanding; a general-purpose, slow-release fertiliser in April and again in June provides ample nutrients for healthy growth of more flowers and foliage. However, moderation is key to prevent excessive lushness.

General Care

Polemonium 'Bressingham Purple' thrives with simple and effective general care. Regular deadheading, the removal of spent blooms, encourages continuous flowering and maintains a neat appearance. Cutting the plant back after flowering will encourage a second flush of flowers. Monitor for potential pests, such as aphids, and address promptly to preserve the plant's health. Adequate spacing, around 12-18 inches, promotes good air circulation, reducing the risk of fungal issues. While this perennial is generally resilient, occasional grooming and vigilance against common pests contribute to its overall well-being. 'Bressingham Purple' stands as an effortless addition to your garden, bringing its delightful lilac-blue blossoms to shaded spaces with minimal fuss and maximum appeal.