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Polemonium ‘Kaleidoscope’
(Jacob's Ladder)


Great for wildlife
Attracts Wildlife
60cm x 60cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Fully Hardy

Polemonium ‘Kaleidoscope’ earns its place in our range for its captivating foliage and pollinator-friendly blooms. The RHS Plants for Pollinators award highlights its contribution to biodiversity. With variegated leaves that change colour throughout the seasons, it adds visual interest year-round. Its vibrant blue flowers attract pollinators, making it a valuable addition to any garden. Pair it with other pollinator-friendly plants like Echinacea and Salvia for a vibrant and wildlife-friendly garden display.


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Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope' secures its spot in our range with its mesmerising textured foliage and welcoming blooms, earning accolades like the RHS Plants for Pollinators award for its significant role in supporting biodiversity. Its variegated leaves, which undergo a kaleidoscopic transformation throughout the seasons, ensure year-round visual intrigue in any garden. Adding to its charm, 'Kaleidoscope' produces vibrant blue flowers that serve as a beacon for pollinators, attracting butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. This makes it an invaluable asset to any wildlife-friendly garden seeking to promote ecological balance. Ideal for various garden designs, 'Kaleidoscope' thrives in mixed borders, cottage gardens, or naturalistic landscapes where its colourful foliage and pollinator-friendly blooms can take centre stage. Pairing it with complimentary plants like Echinacea and Salvia further enhances its impact, creating a vibrant and dynamic garden display that both humans and pollinators can enjoy. With its ever-changing foliage and pollinator-attracting flowers, Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope' offers a kaleidoscope of visual appeal and ecological benefits, making it a cherished addition to gardens of all styles and sizes.  

Planting Conditions

Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope' thrives in moist, well-draining soil with a neutral to slightly acidic ph. Choose a planting location with partial shade to full sun exposure for optimal growth. Ensure the soil is rich in organic matter, such as compost, to provide essential nutrients. We recommend planting the Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope' at the same depth it was growing in its nursery container, and water thoroughly after planting to settle the soil. Adequate spacing between plants allows for proper air circulation and prevents overcrowding, promoting healthy growth and abundant flowering.

Watering & Feeding

We advise watering Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope' consistently, ensuring the soil remains evenly moist but not waterlogged. During hot or dry spells, increase watering frequency to prevent the soil from drying out completely. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser every 4-6 weeks during the growing season to provide essential nutrients for healthy growth and abundant flowering. Avoid over-fertilising, as this can lead to excessive foliage growth at the expense of flowers. Mulching around the base of the plant helps retain soil moisture and suppress weeds, contributing to the overall health and vigour of the plant.

General Care

Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope' generally requires minimal care beyond regular watering and feeding. We recommend deadheading spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming throughout the season. Prune back any dead or damaged foliage to maintain plant health and appearance. This variety is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, but occasional inspection for common issues like aphids or powdery mildew is advisable. Address any problems promptly to prevent their spread. With proper care and attention, Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope' will reward you with its vibrant foliage and charming blooms year after year.