If your flower bed is in an open sunny situation and the soil drains freely then this plant is worth considering. It makes a welcome change from the popular range of low-growing, and the which look like upturned bells are fragrant and attractive to bees. The branching bear hairy narrow and the long-lasting blooms are borne in dense heads.
VARIETIES: The garden varieties of E. plantagineum have been much improved in recent years. No longer need you keep to the original blue – rose, mauve and white are available. But the blue ones are perhaps the best, and ‘Blue Beddor’ provides deep blue flowers throughout summer or autumn. For a mixture of colours choose ‘Dwarf Hybrids’.
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil, but light or medium land is preferred. Choose a sunny spot.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 1 ft.
Spacing: 9 in.
Flowering period: June-October.
PROPAGATION: Sowin August or April where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.