Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue'
Ideal as a focal point in a gravel or Mediterranean garden; attracts hordes of bees and butterflies; appeals equally to dried flower arrangers
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: poor, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Ever popular for their globes of blue flowers that attract hoards of insects, globe thistles bring a natural look to the garden. This handsome blue variety is ideal for the middle or back of a sunny, well-drained border. It makes a particularly good cut or dried flower.
- Garden care: Cut down to the ground after flowering to encourage a second flush of flowers. Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring.
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Q:When can I move my Echinops safely?
Hi I want to transplant an Echinops which is being swamped by a large shrub. The Echinops is at present about 18 ins high. Is it likely to survive if I do it now in April? I'm afraid it may not "do" much this summer otherwise as it will be completely in the shade? I would be grateful for your advice. Thank you SueAsked on 4/16/2010 by Sue Heggs
A:Thank you! I think I'll try and curb my desire to shift it immediately! SueAnswered on 4/16/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Sue, Ideally these should be lifted from autumn to spring while they are still dormant, so it will be tricky doing it now. My advice would be that if the plant looks healthy enough, then leave it where it is this summer and move it in autumn. If however it looks like it is really struggling, then take the risk and do it now. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/16/2010 by Sue Heggs
Q:What can we grow in our dry, sunny border?
I have a sunny and very dry border up against the front of the house. It is about 14 inches wide but protected by the house from receiving hardly any rain. Because of the window any plants must be less than 1m high. We have considered lavender but would really appreciate any other suggestions.Asked on 5/8/2005 by Carl and Deirdre Leaman
A:There are some lovely plants (including the lavenders) that will thrive in a dry, sunny spot, but it will be important that they are kept really well watered for the first year or so until they have had a chance to become established. Below are some of the ones we sell, just click on the link below each plant name to find out more about that particular one. Convolvulus cneorum http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=940&CategoryID= Cistus http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=Cistus&x=5&y=8 Santolina chamaecyparissus Nana http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4359&CategoryID= Lavender http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=Lavandula&x=10&y=9 Achillea http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=Achillea&x=11&y=7 Echinops http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=echinops+ritroAnswered on 5/9/2005 by Crocus
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