Delphinium does something in the garden that no other flower can do. Some of the species of Delphinium are tall and stately, but they need to be staked, and some are shorter. But all-in-all, Delphiniums are finicky and hard to grow. Yet, I am convinced that every cottage gardener needs to learn the secret to Delphinium success. At the end of this post, I’ll share some tips for growing delphiniums.
Photograph of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage – Image Credit Wikipedia
“Anne Hathaway was the wife of William Shakespeare, the English poet, playwright and actor. They were married in 1582, when he was 18 and she was 26 years old. She outlived her husband by seven years. e=
Born: 1556, Shottery, Warwickshire, England
Died: August 6, 1623, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England”
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage has survived as an example of the quintessential cottage garden, and notice that delphiniums are part of the scheme. Notice how the blue spikes add a vertical interest to the garden’s design.
Better Homes and Gardens has created a very nice plan for a garden plot that uses delphiniums. Notice how the blues, purples, lavendars, and whites blend, and also notice how the splashes of yellow are like streaks of energy and light. The boxwoods provide unity and support for the other elements.
A. Boxwood – 3
B. Dame’s Rocket – 3
C. Lamb’s Ear – 1
D. Cranesbill – Hardy Geranium – 4
E. Penstemon – Sour Graphes – 1
F. White Bellflower – 1
G. Leopard’s Bane Cordatum – 4
H. Yarrow Achillea Coronation Gold – 4
I. Larkspur Consolida Ajacis – 2
J. Delphinium – Pacific Giant – 3
I have bought several packets of delphinium seed from Dollar General. The price of the seeds was great at 25 cents a pack. I plan to start the seed inside, but I discovered that unlike some flower seeds, delphiniums do not like light exposure before germination. The seeds should be sown in a peat moss-like potting soil, and then they should be placed in a warm place. They should also be kept moist, but they should be covered to eliminate light exposure until after they are germinated.
After all danger of frost has passed, delphiniums should be grown in sun, but they might tolerate a bit of shade.