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, purple 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 (Eutrochium maculatum)
Joe Pye Weed: Sweet (Eupatorium purpureum)
Purple Coneflower is a native perennial flower that is commonly found growing in moist meadows, woods, and prairies throughout the central and eastern United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 2-4' and features stiff stems, narrow hairy leaves, and 3-4” flower heads with drooping purplish pink petals and a spiny orange center cone. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, provides bird forage, tolerates drought and frost, has medicinal uses, is resistant to deer, and is great as a cut flower!
Foxglove is a biennial/short lived perennial flower that is native to eastern Europe but can be commonly found growing in open woods, woodland clearings, moorland and heath margins, sea-cliffs, rocky mountain slopes and hedge banks throughout the northeastern and northwestern United States. At maturity, this plant features thick, textured leaves at the base and tall spikes of tubular, dangling 2-3” blossoms of rose pink or purple with tiny contrasting spots. This plant attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, is resistant to deer and rabbits, and is great as a cut flower!
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)
Powder Puff China Aster is a cool weather fall blooming annual flower that is native to China. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 2' and features serrated, 2-3” pointed leaves and fragrant 4-6” full, double blossoms in varying shades of pink, white, red, and purple-blue with pale yellow centers. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, birds, lacewings, hoverflies, and praying mantis, is deer resistant, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!
Tall Pompon Blue Moon Aster is a cool weather annual that is native to China which can be found growing on the edges of deciduous forests in the northeastern United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 20” and features 2-3” wide dark blue disk-shaped flowers that are white in the center. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, birds, lacewings, hoverflies, and praying mantis, is deer resistant, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!
Onions: Evergreen White Bunching (Heirlooms) (Allium fistulosum)
Onions: Ruby Red (Heirloom) (Allium cepa)
Onions: Sweet Spanish White (Heirloom) (Allium cepa)
Onion: Sweet Spanish Yellow (Heirloom) (Allium cepa)
Chives: Garlic (Allium tuberosum)
Chives: Onion (Allium schoenoprasum var. album)
Marsh Blazing Star is a native clump forming perennial flower that commonly grows in moist meadows and on the margins of marshes in the mid western United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 4-5' tall and features 6-12” spear shaped spiked heads that are covered in 1” feathery purple flowers that rest on firm leafy flower stalks which protrude from a tuft of 12” green grass like narrow leaves. This plant can be grown in containers, it attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, can be used as a cut flower, is drought resistant, makes potpourri, and has medicinal uses!
Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis) is a native clump-forming perennial flower that is commonly found growing in areas of prairies and woods where gravel accumulates along streams, and on rocky slopes throughout the northern United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 4-5' tall and features 1 1/2” semi spear shaped spiked heads that are covered in 1” feathery deep rose-purple flowers that rest on firm leafy flower stalks which protrude from a tuft of 6” green grass like narrow leaves. This plant can be grown in containers, it attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, provides bird forage, can be used as a cut flower, and is resistant to deer!