Highlander Delphinium Flamenco

One of the best.

 
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A virtuoso in the garden with luxuriant layers of dusky pink, frilled petals.

Part of a new series of innovative Delphiniums with real flower power. Up to 50cm of the stem is covered in blooms, and they are sterile, which means you get more longevity from them, we have had the individual stems blooming for up to five weeks in our gardens. And as if that isn’t impressive enough, the crowns can flower twice in a season (summer then autumn).

The blooms are fully double, with up to 58 petals on a floret! Each petal has a gentle ruffle which creates a lacy, full bloom. As they the crowns establish, and they will prosper for at least five years, producing larger flowers and more of them.

The colour range is second to none and the florets have a real depth with their bicolour blush. The stems are lovely and strong and we have never had to stake them. The foliage growth is lovely and compact so, with a bit of extra care, you can even grow them in pots.

Highlander Delphiniums were, as the name suggests developed in Scotland. By a local Glasgow Delphinium doyen Tony Coakley - it was not even his day job; he just had a passion for the plants.

Grow Delphiniums in humus rich, moist, well drained soil in a full sun to light shade position. Drainage is important, as in boggy soils they will flop/rot. It is a good idea to protect the plants from slugs/snails, aphids. Once the first flush of flowers has finished (around January), cut the stem to the ground, add some fertiliser and await the autumn show (March/April). They are super frost hardy and have been tested up to -20C. In pots it is vital you ensure regular watering and additional fertiliser. Delphiniums grow best in a cool to temperate environment and don’t like humidity.

Code

DEHFL

Botantical name

Delphinium elatum

Height

70-90cm

Width

30-50cm

Flowers

Summer to Autumn

Climate

Cool to Mediterranean

Availability

Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Aspect

Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as

Pots

Water needs

2