Lupines II / Lupinus

lupinisthechatelaine300Lupinus x russellii ‘The Chatelaine’ – One of the Band of Nobles Series, this RHS Award of Garden Merit winner bears bicolor blooms of pink and white, usually from June to July. They will thrive in part to full sun with fertile, well-drained soils. These make beautiful cut flowers and will draw in the hummingbirds on a regular basis. Grows 3-4′ tall by 18″ wide. Zone 3.

lupinusgallerywhite (300x299)Lupinus ‘Gallery White’ – These biennials or short-lived perennials bear pure white flowers over deep green palmate foliage. The Gallery Series are more compact in height, making them a better choice for mixed border plantings. It is reasonably mildew resistant and will self-seed around itself. A good option for the Alba garden. Grows 18-24″ high by 18″ wide. Z3.

lupinusthundercloud300Lupinus polyphyllus ‘Thundercloud’ (syn. ‘Royal Thundercloud’) – An old-fashioned variety with dark violet and purple spires borne from June to August with deadheading. It attracts butterflies and makes an excellent cut flower for the vase. Consider planting with Coreopsis ‘Zagreb’ or Solidago ‘Fireworks. Grows 30-36″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

lupinusgalleryyellow (300x299)Lupinus ‘Gallery Yellow’ – The Gallery Series was developed from Lupinus polyphyllus with this variety featuring soft yellow to two-tone spires over palmate, deep green foliage. It is a beautiful foil for ‘Gallery Blue’. The longest flower displays are achieved with regular deadheading. A perfect filler perennial for the cottage garden. Grows 18-24″ tall by 18″ wide. Zone 3.

lupinusthepages300Lupinus x russellii ‘The Page’ – Another of the Band of Nobles Series and as such it has earned the RHS Award of Garden Merit . It bears carmine red /  pink bicolor blooms with established plants bearing multiple flowering stems. These add height and structure to the perennial or mixed border when in bloom. Attracts bees and butterflies. Grows 3-4′ tall by 18″. Zone 3.

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