Delphinium 'Blue Jay'

Delphinium - Delphinium  'Blue Jay'

Common Name: Delphinium
Genus: Delphinium
Cultivar: 'Blue Jay'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.70 m (170 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.75 m (75 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Dense spires of semi-double deep blue flowers with black eyes appear in June and July on tall stems with deeply cut mid-green leaves. This towering delphinium is shorter lived than many other varieties but looks fantastic grown as an annual or biennial as part of a cottage-garden scheme or towards the back of a well-drained sunny border where it will add height and bold splashes of colour. As cut flowers they last longer than most delphiniums.

Garden care: Protect young foliage against slug and snail damage in spring. Stake with bamboo canes in mid-spring before the flowers appear. During the growing season apply a balanced liquid fertiliser every 2-3 weeks. Wearing gloves cut back the faded flower-stems to a floweringside-shoot to encourage repeat flowering. At the end of autumn cut back and compost the faded flower-stems.

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