- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Jacob's Ladder gets its name from the arrangement of its leaves – pairs of opposite leaflets resembling a ladder. In early summer, erect stems rise up from the bright green foliage carrying clusters of bell-shaped, lavender-blue flowers. A cottage-garden favourite, Jacob's Ladder is happiest in partial shade, and looks equally at home in a wildlife garden setting or in grass. Although it is short-lived, it self seeds freely.
- Garden care: Cut the plant back after flowering to encourage a second flush of flowers. In autumn cut the faded flowerheads down to the ground and compost the dead stems.
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Q:What can I plant in my planting bed?
I have lost a plant in the middle of a border and am left with an unsightly hole which I would like to fill with some colour again. It is a narrow border so I don't want anything too large - probably no bigger than 50x50 cm. It is a mixed shrub/perennial border of pink, blue and white, which gets lots of sun and tends to be fairly dry - the soil is clay. The surrounding plants are perennial cornflower, hardy geraniums and osteospermum. Can you recommend something which will quickly fill the gap?Asked on 21/6/2006 by Annabelle Coombs
A:There are some lovely plants that would be suitable for the spot you described. Just click on the link below each plant name to find out more about that particular one. Agastache Blue Fortune http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=208&CategoryID= Dicentra spectabilis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/geranium-macrorrhizum-white-ness/classid.2000015973/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=2839&CategoryID= Geranium maculatum Elizabeth Ann http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=2000005206&CategoryID= Polemonium caeruleum http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3456&CategoryID= Sanguisorba albiflora http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3564&CategoryID=Answered on 26/6/2006 by Crocus
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