Delphinium x cultorum
Delphinium Lavender/White Bee is an elegant delphinium with densely packed flower spires of large, semi-double blooms. Has beautiful spikes of light lavender with the white bee. This dwarf hybrid Delphinium grows to a height of around 2½ to 3 ft and is one of the shortest varieties available. The plants have a good compact habit with dark green deeply toothed leaves and because of their short stature and healthy thick stems, does not require staking. The Fountains series is a vigorous-growing strain that is more heat tolerant and less fussy than most other varieties and if sown early will flower in the current year. It is ideal for borders and can be grown as a container plant.
Blooming is consistent throughout the summer from June to September, the sturdy flower spikes are very attractive to bees and make a wonderful cut flower.Height 30-36 inches with a spread of 18-24 inches, Zones 3a-7b. Especially attractive with foxglove, tall bearded iris and peony. Fertilize well and stake if desired. Cut back after flowering for rebloom. Attracts hummingbirds.
How to Grow Delphinium From Seeds
Use a good, loose potting soil, firming it down into flats or pots with a wooden block and then moisten before sowing the seed
Cover seeds about 1/8 Of an inch by sifting soil over them. Keep moist and shaded until seeds germinate, then remove shadeing.
August sown seed produces seedlings that can be wintered over in a cold frame and given a permanent place in the garden the following spring. Plant delphinium seeds in early August for bloom next midsummer. Seeds germinate best when fresh.
The trick in hot-weather sowing is to keep the seed box dark and cool until germination, and then gradually to admit light and air. Keep soil moist but never wet. When three true leaves show, transplant to a shaded coldframe for winter. Approx. finish: 18 weeks