A tough and frost hardy perennial that bursts with hardy blooming spires. It’s flowers are pink in colour and reaching heights of 1 metre and sometimes even higher. Delphinium ‘Astolat’ produces a real statement further back in the border and will catch every eye that glances anywhere near it.
A bit of a misconception exists about these plants. People are led to believe they are hard to look after and then hear about it’s toxic properties and sadly some just don’t give growing them a chance. But in fact, they are actually quite easy to grow and get to perform the way that they should! They enjoy lots of Sun but not harsh afternoon Summer sun. Also a feed and some snail protection at the start of growth season, and another feed through the season for even better blooms and wear disposable gloves when handling. That is pretty much all there is to it!
They are tall and perfect to hide further back in the garden to keep kids and pets away, if rubbed against they can cause skin irritation and if somehow eaten they can cause stomach discomfort. A fair bit would have to be ingested to cause serious harm, and trust me, it wouldn’t taste nice at all, so this would only be possible with disgusting persistence.
Growing: Delphinium ‘Astolat’
– Height with flowers: 100cm approx.
– Width: 45cm approx.
– Position: Best in Full Sun with some afternoon shade in hotter areas. Will also grow in Partial Shade provided it is getting enough morning sunlight.
– Soil: A fertile and well-drained soil but they do not like to dry out too often so keep the moisture up in the hotter months.
– Fragrance: None, but the colourful blooms make up for this.
– Frost: Very Hardy, even down to -15C if not planted out in an open and exposed site.
– Growth: Short-lived Perennial.
– Attracts: Butterflies and all types of birds and positive pollinators to the area it is blooming in.
– Beware: All members of the Delphinium genus are toxic to humans and animals.
– Care: Gloves should be worn when handling Delphiniums. They are heavy feeders and love a good fertilise in early spring and additionally another feed later in the season. Cut back to ground level once it has finished flowering. Mulch helps retain moisture and keeps roots cool
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: They should be to smart to have a nibble due to its toxic properties.
– Origin: Delphiniums are native throughout the Northern Hemisphere and also on the high mountains of tropical Africa.