Sophie’s top 5 echiums
• Pride of Madeira (E. candicans syn. E. fastuosum)
A rounded mound with brilliant blue flower spikes rising above the foliage. Seedling-grown flowers can vary from pale blue to almost pink. It has weed potential, so don’t grow near bushland, and remove flowers as soon as they finish.
• E. ‘Cobalt Towers’
A hybrid with deep cobalt-blue flowers on a large, upright, candelabra–like shrub. It has larger leaves than E. candicans and turns woody and leggy more quickly.
• E. ‘Heronswood Blue’
This chance seedling found at Heronswood Gardens, home of The Diggers Club, produces tall spikes of sky-blue flowers. There is also a ‘Heronswood Pink’ and a ‘Heronswood White’.
• E. simplex
A single-trunked biennial with a tall spire of white flowers emerging from a rosette of silver-grey foliage.
• Tower of jewels (E. wildpretii subsp. trichosiphon)
A towering biennial with pink flowers on a single spire above a rosette of silver-grey foliage.