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English Garden Delphiniums

Delphinium blooms are one of the best loved traditional flowers in the early summer English Garden, and can be a dramatic feature in your herbaceous borders.

Delphiniums come in a lovely range of colours from blues and purples through pinks to white and in a variety of heights.

They have tall upright flower spikes which look good when grown towards the back of a border – plant them in drifts for the best effect. Grow them in amongst old-fashioned roses , catmint , lavenders , peonies , salvias or yarrow .
Whilst you can get delphiniums in pure colours they also come in delightful colour contrasting bee or eye varieties. This means that the centre of each flower is a contrasting colour - some have white centres, others can be black. All of the delphiniums make excellent cut flowers, so grow some for the garden and some for cutting.

Be careful when you buy English Garden delphiniums that you check the height of your chosen plant. Some varieties can grow up to 6 or even 8 feet tall, and will definitely need staking!
The shorter or dwarf ones will grow 2 to 4 feet high, and are best used in flower beds and are excellent for the windier areas of your plot.

How to grow
Delphiniums are easy plants to grow.

In the language of flowers - Delphinium means an open heart and ardent attachment and so are often used in bridal bouquets..

They are easy to dry and their bright colour means they look good in pot-pourri – check out English Garden pot-pourri for my recipe

Here is my selection of the best Delphiniums for an English Garden

Contact the Delphiniums Society here .

Enjoy your English Garden!

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