Lupinus 'The Governor' (Band of Nobles Series)

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained, slightly acid, sandy soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to July
  • Flower colour: blue and white
  • Other features: the seeds can cause severe discomfort if ingested
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Blue, pea-like flowers with white standards that are sometimes streaked with purple, open from the base of the flower spike over several weeks from early summer and create a handsome, yet elegant effect. The fresh, green foliage forms a neat mound that maintains a good shape through summer.

  • Garden care: Stake with bamboo canes in spring before the flowers appear and deadhead the faded blooms to encourage a second flush of flowers.

    • Harmful if eaten

Iris 'Mer du Sud'

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Stunning, violet flowers. Very free flowering

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Iris 'Dusky Challenger'

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Huge ruffled silky rich purple-blue blooms

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Lupinus 'Noble Maiden' (Band of Nobles Series)

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Elegant spires of creamy white flowers

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