God save the Queen
Andrea Bellamy |


I was supposed to post this yesterday, but Movable Type was giving me grief. Here it is anyway, one day late.

It’s Victoria Day here in Canada, heralding the end of the May long weekend. And, while I’m no monarchist, the holiday gives me a chance to mention one of my favourite perennials, Lobelia cardinalis ‘Queen Victoria.’ Red isn’t everyone’s favourite colour in the garden, but if you can accommodate it, this herbaceous perennial is a sure-fire winner. Actually, it really is – it won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. I especially like its deep maroon foliage, but the scarlet blooms are the kicker. An excellent plant for providing impact.

Flowers: Summer
Height: 36″ (90cm)
Position: Sun or Partial Shade
Hardy to Zone 8

(Photo: Thomson Morgan. )

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