Westcountry Nurseries Delphinium such as Delphinium Black Knight, Delphinium Galahad, Delphinium Guinevere, Delphinium King Arthur, Delphinium La Boheme, Delphinium Pacific Giant, Delphinium Pink Sensation and Delphinium Summer Skies are classic cottage garden herbaceous perennials flowering in high summer
(Ranunculaceae) Genus of about 250 species of perennial, grown for spikes of irregularly cup-shaped, some hooded spurred flowers. Found mainly in mountainous areas worldwide, except Australia and polar regions. They have fibrous, fleshy or tuberous roots. Basal leaves are toothed, 3-5 lobed. Grouped into 3 -
Belladonna Group are perennial, upright branching spikes, with cap shaped single flowers early and late summer. Ht 1.2m/3-4'
Elatum Group are clump forming perennials with fleshy crowns and flowering spikes in early and midsummer. Single, semi-double or double flowers and an 'eye' These are the most commonly grown in gardens. Ht 1.5-2m/5-6'
Pacific Hybrids are similar to Elatum but usually grown as annuals or biennials. Semi double flowers early and midsummer. Ht 1.7m/5.5'
In spring, remove thin growths from well established plants leaving 5-7 strong shoots. Remove flower spikes when faded, for a second flush late summer. Ideal for back of the border and for cut flowers. May need staking.