A favourite for borders
Delicate tubular blooms on one side of the long leafy stems. Colours may be pale purple or white with speckled throats. A favourite for herbaceous borders and woodlands in early summer. Each flower has spots marking its large 'landing pad' ... perfect for bumblebees. They prefer dappled shade and are attractive to beneficial insects. Flowers May-August (Year 2). Height 60-120cm (2-4').
- Attractive to bees and other pollinators
- Biennial - flowers year after sowing
- Beautiful 'cottage garden' flowers
Companion planting can transform your garden. By encouraging in pollinators and predators with key plants, you can gain a tiny gardening team to do your pest control & pollination, all with the added benefit of supporting British native wildlife by providing habitats and food sources.
In return, their natural behaviours will increase your crop productivity and reduce insect pest numbers. Companion planting was widely used centuries ago in cottage gardens in Britain, but has since declined, as have the numbers of pollinators and predators.
Hardiness:-11 to -15 degrees
Beds & Borders:True
Prefers Full Sun:True
Grows in Sun or Partial Shade:True
Using a quality, moist seed compost, sow your seeds 3mm (1/8") deep in seed trays and place on a windowsill or in a greenhouse at about 16°C (61°F) to germinate (usually 14-21 days). Transfer seedlings when large enough to handle into seed trays spacing them 5cm (2") apart, and grow on. Acclimatise to outside conditions before planting. Alternatively, sow seeds directly outside in May-June. Choose a sunny/partial shaded position.