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Delphinium

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Delphinium enjoys a unique place in the spring garden. The dazzling bright blue flowers pop with a color rarely seen in nature. These perennials range anywhere from about 15 inches to 6 feet in height and have delicate, deeply cut or lacy bright green leaves. The vivid blue delphinium is considered the standard color but delphinium also come in purple, lavender, pink or white. Some of the newer varieties even come in yellow and orange.                                                                              

Plant your delphinium in sun to part shade in loose, moist, well draining soil with a neutral or slightly alkaline pH. As the weather gets hotter shade your plants from the hot afternoon sun. Be sure to feed your flowers once after planting and once after the first bloom. Microlife for Flowers and Vegetables, liquid Microlife Maximum Bloom or Lady Bug Flower Power are all good organic fertilizers. Organic fertilizers are good for your soil and will never burn your flowers. Once your plants start to get bigger you will need to stake the taller varieties. Deadheading your delphinium will keep the blooms coming. Protect delphiniums from hard rain and wind to keep your flowers pretty.
 
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Delphinium makes a great cottage garden plant. Good companion plants for delphinium could be hollyhocks, sweet peas, foxgloves, larkspur, cosmos, antique roses, sweet alyssum or any of your favorite heirloom flowers. In spring heirloom bulbs also look beautiful with delphinium.The one small drawback to these flowers is that the seeds and parts of the plant are poisonous so be mindful of where they are located. Delphinium is an awesome flower. Walking through your garden and seeing its beautiful blooms will keep you smiling all spring.
 
Delphinium Varieties:
 
Delphinium Bellamosum –
                                          36 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide
                                          Purple shades
                                          Full sun to part shade
                                          Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
 
Delphinium Belladonna – 2.5 to 4 feet in height and 1.5 to 2.5 feet wide
                                        Blue, Indigo, violet and white flowers
                                        Loose, branching flower spikes
                                        Full sun to part shade

                                        Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
 
Delphinium Connecticut Yankee – 18 to 23 inches high and wide
                                        Deep violet flowers. Forms mounds of deeply cut green leaves
                                        Perfect for a small garden
                                        Full sun to part shade 
                                        Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
 
Delphinium Pacific Giant –  
                                        These plants can reach 5 to 8 feet
                                        Several shades of blue, lavender, purple and pink
                                        Staking needed
                                        Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds 
                                        Full sun to part shade
 
Delphinium Magic Fountains –
                                         28 to 36 inches Tall and 14 to 18 inches wide
                                         Mixed colors of purple, blue, and white
                                         Full sun to part shade 
                                         Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds                                         

delphinium3Plant Profile:

Type: Perennial

Bloom Season: Spring

Color: Blues, lavenders, whites, purples

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Care: Feed with organics, stake each flower, try to avoid windy areas.