This lovely old cottage garden plant reliably produces masses of sky-blue flowers
It is a perennial favourite for scattering wherever there is a gap in the border, where it blends effortlessly with most other plants.
Quick and easy to flower from seed it grows well just about anywhere and the decorative seed pods which follow are superb in dried arrangements.
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How to Guide
For earlier flowering, sturdier plants, sow in trays of moist seed compost from February to April in gentle warmth 10-15C (50-60F).
Transplant 5cm (2in) apart into other trays of compost when seedlings are large enough to handle. Gradually accustom to cooler conditions before planting out from April onwards.
Rake soil to provide a firm, even surface. Sow seeds thinly in a pre-watered soil, lightly covering them with a little more soil.
Sowings made in semi-circular lines create a natural "drift" effect. Keep moist until seedlings appear and as required in dry spells.
Sowing Distance15cm / 6in
Potting on/Thining Out
When large enough to handle, thin seedlings to allow their development and to prevent overcrowding.