Some new growth pictures of perennials and bulbs that have been added to the returning plants followed by a list of their names and some brief notes. A lot of the plants chosen this year are in the blue/violet family What plants have you added to your balcony garden? Please comment and share your garden delights.
Never have grown these before and planted according to directions but no growth showing yet.
These flower early so should not have been surprised to see the plants peeping through. Even though these are easily grown (from my past experience) still was pleasantly surprised to see the green. There is a pic to the right.
Delphinium Black Knight
Delphinium have a large range of sizes and can be as small as 10cm up to 2m high. This variety is a deep indigo blue delphiniumis supposed to grow to 1.5m and flowers from May to June and can flower again if you cut the flowers. The following tips from Sarah Raven dot com (a seller of plants) care and vase life tips are here –
Correct spacing is important to avoid mildew. Stake to prevent them flopping. Cut the flower spikes and leaves right to the ground in July and they will leaf up and flower again in August and September.
June-July and/or August-September, will flower the following year after sowing seed
These should last 7 days in the vase. For tall spikes a cane can be inserted into hollow stem to prevent bending and breaking. Pick when most flowers are open. Do not put near fruit bowls as they are senstive to ethylene gas which is omitted when fruit ripens.
There are so many varieties of Salvia that I am not sure which this is so as it grows will post more info. When I had a small garden at my hous I grew many types of salvia but mostly annuals. They were one of my favorites of all time as I tend to like blue and purple spike type flowers.
In addition to buying a small plug plant, I planted seeds as well. More info to follow in the weeks ahead.
Polemonium caeruleum (ceruleum)
The alternate spelling of ceruleum is shown above. This is the first year it is in the garden and it is doing well. According to the info I’ve found it does well in most conditions and is recommended for the front of the border, flowering from May through August. The flowers are blue/lilac according to sources. Illustrations show more blue and photos more light violet, so we’ll see.
Veronica teucrium a subspecies of Veronica austriaca
Plants Profile for Veronica austriaca teucrium (broadleaf speedwell)