Scabiosa (Scabious) – Scabiosa is one of a best, easy-to-grow garden flowers that we can supplement to your garden. It does not furnish an contentment of blooms during any one time, and nonetheless it stays a favorite herbaceous limit perennial. There are dual simple reasons for a recognition – flowering starts in late Jun and continues until a initial frosts arrive, and a vast flowers are glorious for arranging indoors. The frilly-edged ‘pincushions’, blue or white and adult to 4 in. across, final a longtime in H2O and can also be dusty for winter decoration.
Plant in a open and supplement compost, peat or root cover to a planting mixture. Dead-head faded blooms and cut down a stems once a floral arrangement is over. Keep watch for slugs in a spring. It is a favorite nectar plant of pivotal pollinators such as bees, and interestingly it is also deer-resistant. Scabiosa plants also make good companion plants for pinks, bellflower, dianthus, geranium, black-eyed susans and petunias.
Varieties of Scabiosa
The simple class is Scabiosa caucasica – tallness 2-8 ft, spacing 1½ ft, flowering duration Jun – October. Scabiosa bears vast lavender-colored flowers though it has now mostly been transposed by a named varieties.
The one we are many approaching to be offering is ‘Clive Greaves’ – mid-blue, large-flowered and long-stemmed. There are a few white varieties, such as ‘Miss Willmott’ and ‘Bressingham White’ and there are several low violet forms to select from – collect ‘Moerheim Blue’ or ‘Imperial Purple‘.
Site and soil
Any well-drained, non-acid dirt will do – thrives best in full sun. Mix a customary focus of a offset organic manure into a dirt before to planting.
Time to sow
Sow scabiosa seeds indoors in early open and set seedlings out dual weeks before your final open ice is expected. Transplant carefully, but unfortunate a roots.
Divide clumps in spring.