The intense, deep royal blue flowers of ‘Loddon Royalist’ are a treat. Selected by Thomas Carlile at Loddon Nurseries in Berkshire and introduced in the wake of the coronation, this variety has stood the test of time. Deep blue flowers turn blue-purple with age above mid-green leaves. Flowers as early as late May can continue into August. Perfect for pollinators.
This large blue alkanet makes a striking statement in a sunny border. The spires of forget-menot like flowers can grow to 3ft (1m) so best mid-border.
Deadhead after flowering for a second flush. In early autumn cut stems back to the ground. Choose a well-drained spot.
Works well with
Looks cool and calm mixed with the lacy white flowers of
or create drama by contrasting it with bright yellow ‘Moonshine’.
How to buy
Buy an in a 4in (9cm) pot for £5.99 each or 3 for £15 – saving £2.97. P&P is £4.99. Delivered within 21 days. Order at gardenshop.telegraph.co.uk/ offers or call 0333 0059 108.