Delphinium Blue Lace

Delphinium 'Blue Lace'

Delphinium elatum 'Blue Lace'


1-Quart
Item # 48463
Available Feb 22, 2019 to open plant zones. View schedule.
$14.95
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Delphiniums have been a garden favorite forever, but the new hybrids are far better than their older cousins -- they live longer, the blooms tend to be larger and closer together, and the plants often need no staking. 'Blue Lace' is a fine example of just how far this family has come lately, and it has our highest recommendation for its repeat-blooming rich blue color.

These petal-packed flowers are jammed onto sturdy stalks, simply radiating bright color. Their intense shade of sky-blue is difficult to find elsewhere in the garden, and if you look closely you'll see hints of lavender-pink, especially around the center of the bloom. Very striking! They begin in early summer and, if cut back promptly after bloom, will reappear at summer's end or in early fall.

The plant is greatly improved too, with sturdy stems that need no staking and large foliage that stands out even when 'Blue Lace' is out of bloom. Resistant to deer and rabbits, this variety is also quite mildew-resistant if given full sun and a little breathing room in the garden. Butterflies and hummingbirds flock to its blooms, so give it a place of prominence and enjoy those two seasons of bloom!

'Blue Lace' is not a maintenance-free perennial, but it just needs a few essentials to bloom and grow its best for years. First, give it basic (alkaline) soil. Second, prepare the soil with lots of rich organic matter, and keep the compost coming all season. Third, cut back the first flush of blooms quickly to stimulate rebloom. --And that's all it takes for this treasure to feel at home in the sunny to lightly shaded garden!

Blue Lace reaches 5 to 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Do not crowd plants in the garden; space at least 2 feet apart. Zones 3-7.

  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.
  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.
  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.
  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.
  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.
  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.
  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.
  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.
  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.
  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.
  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Deer Resistant Trees

As the deer population has boomed and food has become scarcer, they have become more aggressive. In some areas deer will strip your garden bare, leaving nothing green or flowery behind. While there is no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden, there are some effective things you can do to protect your garden from these hungry animals.

Use physical barriers


A High Fence
Deer can jump pretty high, but a fence higher than eight feet (higher on an up-slope) and flush with the ground will keep any deer out.

Electric Fences
They are a much easier and less expensive solution. Deer generally will not try to jump electric fences, but will rather try to climb through the wires, receiving a deterring shock.

Bird-Netting
An even less extreme physical option is to put bird netting over your larger and more susceptible plants.

Plant Deer-resistant Varieties

Herbs, some conifers, and many flowers are some of the best deer-resistant plants. More fragrant plants will often deter predation. Planting just a few deer-resistant plants will limit grazing of your other plants. Remember, "deer-resistant" does not mean deer-proof. A hungry animal will eat just about anything.

Having a dog In the Family

Dogs Keep Deer Away Owning a dog, especially a big dog will almost always keep deer from approaching your home. Just the scent of the dog will keep most deer away, and if your dog lives outside you will probably never see any deer.

For most gardeners, it is a combination of different solutions that works best. Every gardener has to find the solution that works best in their garden.

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Delphinium

Planting:

Set plants 18 to 24 inches apart. Cool conditions will encourage spikes to attain their maximum size; and choose a location in full sun, with a humus-rich, well-drained but moistureretentive soil (ideally of neutral to slight alkaline reaction).

Good drainage is essential; lighten soil with sand and compost, if necessary. Crowns should be placed 1 to 2 inches below the surface of the soil; deeper planting might lead to crown rot.


Maintenance:

Delphiniums should be fed liberally with manure or a recommended fertilizer. After initial blooming, cut back blooming stalks to 6 inches above ground to promote a second bloom. Leaves must not be removed. Taller varieties, especially if exposed to wind, may require staking.

We recommend a winter mulch. To promote larger flowers and greater numbers, remove all but 5 young shoots, early in the season when they are 4 to 6 inches high. It is important to stake tall growing varieties and this is best done early in the season.


Zones:

Zones 3-7 (but can be treated as a hardy spring annual in Zones 8-10)

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