Delphinium e. 'Mini Stars'
Common Name: Dwarf Hybrid Bee Delphinium
If you love the look of traditionally tall Delphiniums but they’re just too tall for your use, you’re in luck! From the breeder of the New, Millennium Hybrids comes a brand new series of truly dwarf Delphiniums that have all the beautiful characteristics of their taller cousins except their height!
Topping out under 2 ½ feet tall, these new dwarf Delphiniums never need staking and won’t fall over in their pots. They can be grown near the front to the middle of the border and work better in windy sites than taller varieties.
This new series will be sold in single colour strains in future years. In its first year of introduction, we are offering this mixed colour strain of ‘Dwarf Stars’ which includes a variety of purple, blue, mauve, pink, lilac, and cream-coloured flowers. Some have contrasting central bees and others are solid in colour. All share a bushy, well-branched habit and strong flower stems.
HOW TO GROW
Delphiniums thrive in the cooler climates of the north country, though they will grow as far south as zone 7. They grow best in rich, well-drained soil with a basic pH. If your soil is naturally acidic, adding lime will help to provide these conditions. They are also heavy feeders. The addition of compost or manure to the soil as well as the use of granular fertilizer will result in healthier, stronger plants.
Delphiniums can be grown in full sun or partial shade, though full sun may help to prevent powdery mildew. When planting, be sure to set the crown at or above soil level to avoid rot. Newer hybrids tend to be longer lived than their short-lived cousins but may be propagated from basal cuttings.