27 July 2017

Garden Plant of the Month for August: Gentian

Garden Plant of the Month for August: Gentian

Vivid blue
There are a lot of remarkable characters amongst the perennials, but the Garden Plant of the Month for August is very special. With its intense blue colouring and beautiful bell-shaped flowers, Gentian (Gentiana) reminds us of its natural home in Alpine meadows. The Gentian range has developed considerably, and there are now white, pink, blue and bicoloured varieties. A beautiful perennial to use in pots or in rockeries or borders. It will certainly catch the eye as is pretty as a picture!

The current Gentian range offers compact growth and rich continued flowering. These plants look their best between July and October. The colour blue in particular has been extensively developed in the Gentian range. There are sky blue, pale and dark blue and indigo varieties. The Gentian originates from the temperate mountain regions in the northern hemisphere and the Andes.

Gentian likes the spot with full sun to partial shade. Gentians are very hardy, and will die back above ground and hibernate below ground. It's important to leave the plant alone to keep it healthy and lavishly flowering. So don't divide or replant it, but leave it where it is. Give the plant some fertilizer in the spring to promote flowering and you'll be able enjoy these remarkable plants for years.