How to draw delphinium

Set accents in the bed with delphinium

As of: January 19, 2021 2:29 p.m.

Intensely glowing flowers and a height of up to two meters: delphinium is an eye-catcher in the bed. What is important when planting the perennial?

It should not be missing in any shrub bed and is a classic in the cottage garden: delphinium. There are more than 300 species as well as numerous cultivars created by breeding. Larkspur is traditionally blue and looks particularly beautiful when planted next to roses. But there are also purple, white, yellow and pink varieties.

Delphinium blooms from June

As with roses, the flowering period begins in June. If you want to do something for bees, bumblebees and other insects, you should definitely not buy plants with double flowers. They do not provide food to the animals. The Pacific hybrids in particular are often offered with half or fully double flowers.

The right location for Delphinium

Due to its upright, tall growth, delphinium is an absolute eye-catcher in the bed, it is one of the so-called leading perennials. These are best planted in groups of two or three in the back of the bed. Larkspur needs a moist, deep, nutrient-rich and rather loamy garden soil in a sunny location. Additional ground cover is recommended so that the lower part of the plant is somewhat shaded. High varieties should be tied to be on the safe side because they can easily bend in strong winds.

Plant, care for and fertilize delphinium

Anyone who removes what has faded is rewarded with a re-flowering in the same year.

Delphiniums should not be planted too deep. It is also important to ensure that there is sufficient distance from other plants so that there is sufficient air movement to dry off after rain or watering. The regular application of organic fertilizers such as compost or horn shavings keeps the plant vital. If dead parts of the plant are cut off about ten centimeters above the ground, the plant will flower a second time in the same year.

If the flowering power diminishes after a few years, the plant should be rejuvenated by dividing it and, if possible, replanting it elsewhere in the garden. Larkspur is quite susceptible to powdery mildew and, unfortunately, particularly popular with snails: they particularly like the young shoots of the plant. Important to know: All parts of the plant are poisonous.

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