A statement of elegance, the Delphinium is a staple of English gardens and a popular garden perennial everywhere! Also known as Larkspur, the Delphinium has a large, bushy underbelly of lush foliage adorned by giant spikes of beautiful flowers shooting straight up from the underbrush.
Delphinium is mostly suited to regions with summers that are generally cooler. They love moisture and as such tend to struggle in the hotter, more dry months of the year.
Available in a range of different sizes, ranging from dwarf varieties that can be under 2 feet tall, to tower blooms that are known to be over 6 feet.
Flower Colours include red, white, yellow, and blue. Blue Delphinium are easily the most popular colour.
Blooms late spring to early summer, and if you wish the flowers are more than suitable for cutting to make fresh bouquets and arrangements
Plant in early spring, and space the plants no closer than 1 feet together
Prepare the soil by turning with a fork, loosening the base to a depth of 15 inches
Your hole should be about 1.5 to 2 times the size of the pot the Delphinium arrived in
The Delphium is perennial, and will bloom again each spring. Before it does, sprinkle a thin layer of compost into the soil to help reinvigorate its growth
You may also consider a thin layer of mulch to help keep in moisture
The plant will require water in the summer, provided there is less than 30mm of water per week
If you have a larger variety, consider staking the plants to prevent the hollow stalks from snapping in rough winds
After the summer, cut the stems down to an inch or two above the ground as preparation for winter.