Delphinium


Ghastly Beauties

Ghastly Beauties


Posted on Nov 11, 2015 | 0 comments

Ghouls and Goblins won’t kill you. But these plants could.

Many of the garden plants we grow for ornamental reasons got their vibrant, exotic colors as nature’s way of saying “Warning—Poison!” While most of these are innocuous enough sitting in pots or in the garden, if ingested they could cause illness of varying severity, and sometimes even death.

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An orange-inspired garden design with purple accents.

Click here to see the Pinterest board of the best orange varieties!

We’ve all got our favorite color, that one that just seems to “pop” for us more than all the others. For me, that color is orange; nothing seems quite so vibrant as a bright orange bloom on a sunny day. Whenever I come across a particularly beautiful orange specimen, I just think about how good it would look in a whole orange arrangement. That’s why I put together this garden design to serve as a planner for myself and the other orange-aholics out there.

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Find the stunning black Delphinium elatum 'chocolate' at Wayside Gardens
After my last post about growing beautiful black bamboo indoors, I thought that I would keep a sort of theme going today and write about a stunning new nearly-black Delphinium that Wayside Gardens is featuring this year.  Our Delphinium elatum ‘chocolate’ is absolutely unlike any Delphinium that I’ve ever seen.  From several feet away, it’s flowers look to have petals of the deepest, richest black.  When examined more closely, though, you discover a variety of colors on one flower.  From the bright lime-green at the base of the petals, it quickly darkens to the deep purple that dominates the flower.  It also has white flecks and slight pink spots.  It is a far cry from the more traditional Delphiniums, such as the popular Delphinium ‘blue lace’.  It is also more heat-tolerant (hardy all the way from Zone 3 to Zone 10) and blooms earlier, but is no less attractive to butterflies.  Unlike most butterfly-attracting flowers, with Delphiniums you don’t have to sacrifice beauty of your flowers to bring in butterflies, which is a big part of why they’re so popular every year.

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