GardenWise on Larkspur for Spring

A Late Spring Garden Delight

If you didn’t sow Larkspur seed in October for flowering in late spring, no worries.  You’ve missed the distinctive, feathery seedlings that appear by late winter, but you can order the plants online or at your local gardening center.  Larkspur (Delphinium consolida,) which symbolizes an open heart, tends to be temperamental, and I’ve not had much luck in the DC-area.  But if you have success, Larkspur is a beautiful addition to any garden.   And for those born in July, this  is  your  birth  flower.  Each color has a different meaning: the color white symbolizes joy;  the purple symbolizes sweetness: and the pink flowers = fickleness.  There is no better personal touch to your garden space than Larkspur if you’re a July baby.  

It’s important that remember that all parts of Larkspur are poisonous.  Please be careful when including Larkspur in your landscape. 

A GardenWise Idea

You know that really large lawn area you have? Lose some of it! One alternative is to add garden interest with flagstone stepping stones and a plant vignette for color and texture. Above is a small portion of one of my projects; creeping Jenny with Japanese Rhodeq and white Mazas between stepping stones. A bonus is the 100’s of gallons of water and dollars you’ll save by not watering a larger grass area.