20 years ago when I lived in the South I joined the Arkansas Master Gardeners on their international trip to England and the Chelsea Flower Show. They returned this year and their photos definitely got the nostalgia going.
It was my first exposure to lupines a flower that can’t grow in Arkansas but can in Wisconsin. Another MG trip to New Zealand also showed off lupines’s endurance as they thrived in the rocks. It’s one of my favorite summer flowers.
They are doing splendidly this year but I don’t want to wish this past cold winter and very wet spring to repeat itself. Here’s a pic of lupines in our flower bed from a previous year. I can’t wait !
Botanical Name: Lupinus
Common Name: Lupine, bluebonnet
Plant Type: Mostly perennial, although some are annual
Mature Size: 1 to 5 feet tall
Sun Exposure: Full or part sun
Soil Type: Well-draining soil
Soil pH: Slightly acidic to neutral
Bloom Time: Spring, summer
Flower Color: Red, white, cream, orange, pink, purple
Hardiness Zones: 3 through 7
Native Area: Mediterranean and Andes Mountains area
Do you have a favorite summer flower? Do share.