Larkspur: Rocket Mix (Delphinium ajacis)
Also known as: Larkspur, Lark's Heel, and Doubtful Knight's Spur.
Grown as: Annual
Maturity (Bloom): Summer
Crops: Spring, Summer
Outdoor Growing Temp: 60°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp: 60°F. Larkspur needs 60ºF soil.
Start Outdoors: Yes
Small Gardens?: Yes
Light: Half Sun / Half Shade
Water: Water the plants regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist.
Attracts beneficial insects?: Yes. Attracts hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.
Containers?: Yes. Good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers.
Sow Depth: On soil surface.
Produces: Finely cut, delicate foliage and tall spikes of semi-double blossoms in varied shades of pink, white, and blue.
USDA Grow Zone: 3a-9b
If using stakes or plant rings for support, planting medium height perennials as delphinium companion plants can help hide the unsightly stakes and supports. Any of the following will work well for this: Echinacea, Phlox, Foxglove, Rudbeckia, and Lilies.
When companion planting with delphinium, you have many options, and what to plant next to delphiniums is completely up to you. Using certain plants like chamomile, chervil or legumes may have some nutrient benefits as companions for delphinium, but no plants seem to cause it harm or irregular growth when planted next to nearby. Delphiniums are deer resistant, and though Japanese beetles are attracted to the plants, they reportedly die from eating toxins from within them. Delphinium plant companions may benefit from this pest resistance.
Delphiniums early summer soft pink, white, and purple blooms make them beautiful companion plants for numerous perennials. Plant them in cottage style flower beds with any of the previously mentioned plants above in addition to: Peony, Chrysanthemum, Aster, Iris, Daylily, Allium, Roses, and Blazing star.
Sunflower: Autumn Beauty (Helianthus annuus)
Sunflower: Mammoth (Helianthus annuus)
Sunflower: Mexican (Tithonia rotundifolia)
Sunflower: Velvet Queen (Helianthus annuus)
Joe Pye Weed: Sweet (Eupatorium purpureum)
Coneflower: Purple (Echinacea purpurea)
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
This native prairie biennial forms a rosette of leaves the first year, followed by flowers the second year. It is covered with hairs that give it a slightly rough texture. The Green-headed Coneflower (R. laciniata) has yellow ray flowers pointing downward, a greenish-yellow disk, and irregularly divided leaves.
Chervil: Winter (Anthriscus cerefolium)
Chamomile: Common German (Matricaria recutita)
Chamomile: Roman (Anthemis nobilis)
Beans: Kentucky Wonder Pole (Heirloom) (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Beans: Lazy Housewife Pole (Heirloom) (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Bean: Royalty Purple Pod Green (Heirloom) (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Poppy, Peony: Antique (Papaver Paeoniflorum)
Poppy, Peony: Black (Papaver Paeoniflorum)
Poppy, Peony: Cream (Papaver Paeoniflorum)
Poppy, Peony: Double Mix (Papaver Paeoniflorum)
When it comes to delightful displays in your summer garden, Double Mix PeonyPoppy is the perfect choice! Not only do they make your garden look great with their showy 4" mixed color double flower blooms and blue-green foliage, but you can cut them and enjoy them in beautiful arrangements indoors.
Poppy, Peony: Pale Rose (Papaver Paeoniflorum)
Poppy, Peony: Purple (Papaver Paeoniflorum)
Poppy, Peony: Red (Papaver Paeoniflorum)
Poppy, Peony: Salmon (Papaver Paeoniflorum)
Aster: Powder Puff Mix (Callistephus chinensis)
Aster: Tall Pompon Blue Moon (Callistephus chinensis)
Onions: Evergreen White Bunching (Heirlooms) (Allium fistulosum)
Onions: Ruby Red (Heirloom) (Allium cepa)
Onion: Sweet Spanish Yellow (Heirloom) (Allium cepa)
Chives: Garlic (Allium tuberosum)
Chives: Onion (Allium schoenoprasum var. album)
Blazing Star: Marsh (Liatris spicata)
Blazing Star: Meadow (Liatris ligulistylis)
Bursting with brilliant fuchsia stars, this showy perennial wildflower puts on a striking display! Look out for butterflies! Blooming in late summer, Meadow Blazing Star supplies a fine cuisine for the Monarch butterfly. King of the Blazing Stars!