GROW THIS WEEK’S FREE SEEDS
A cottage garden favourite for traditional beauty
THIS week’s free seeds are for a traditional favourite that has brought stately colour to cottage gardens for generations. Mr Fothergill’s Larkspur ‘Hyacinth Dwarf’ grow to just 20in (50cm) tall and will provide a beautiful raft of pinks, purples and blues. They look fabulous sited at the front of borders.
Hardy annuals, you can sow them now or next spring and they will flower from June through to September.
Larkspur do best on light soils, so if you garden on dense clay you will get better results by digging in plenty of organic matter or grit now, and letting winter frosts and weather break down the soil and improve its structure.
The plants thrive in sun and light shade and are beloved by bees and butterflies, making them worthwhile if you want to encourage beneficial insects to visit.
Larkspur is also popular with flower arrangers as their densely pigmented spires grow on straight and sturdy stalks that don’t need staking.
Larkspur used to grow wild in cornfields, so are a natural companion of poppies, cornflowers and borage.
Traditional larkspur is a cottage garden favourite