Garden Guide: Delphinium

April 21, 2014

You would never guess it, but this week’s tall and skinny flower, delphinium, is actually in the ranunculaceae family! It doesn’t look anything like our favorite trendy ranunculous blooms. It’s typically seen in English gardens or cottage gardens, and people love it for its height, beautiful blue shades (though it comes in lots of colors) and it’s easy to cut and bring indoors for an arrangement. I can’t wait to grow delphinium in my garden. Don’t forget, you can get the print in Michelle’s shop here!

Print

Sun: Full sun to light shade. Delphiniums like a cool, moist summer rather than a hot, dry one. But I’ll still try them in my Atlanta heat!
Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil. Add a taste of lime or wood ashes for a special treat.
Water: Don’t let delphinium soil dry out. Water every 2 to 3 weeks in the summer.
Prune: Deadhead spent flowers and cut back stalks after blooming so new stalks can grow.
Size: There are smaller, dwarf varieties that don’t grow more than a foot tall and larger plants that can grow 3 to 4 feet tall. They’ll need to be stalked for sure!

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