Common Name: Giant scabious
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Time to plant seeds: March to April
Time to divide plants: March to April
Flowering period: June to August
Although it needs a large border, the giant scabious always attracts attention with its unusual 5cm (2in) wide, primrose yellow, rosette-like flowers. These tend to weigh down the tips of the wiry stems, giving the plant an informal look that is just right for a cottage garden. The plant also looks good at the back of a big herbaceous border, among large shrubs or trees in a mixed border, or in a light woodland clearing. In a well sheltered location it is self supporting, but in windier gardens it benefits from a tripod of rustic poles or bean poles.
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