Saturday, 16 October 2010
Two late-flowering Aconitums
The large late herbaceous plants are continuing to provide a lot of colour in the garden. Among those that are not composites are several selections of Aconitum carmichaelii, in its broad sense, of which two are particularly fine. 'Royal Flush' (above) is named for its young foliage, which emerges rich red in about March, and is quite striking for a week or two then before it turns to dark green.This shade is maintained through the season and thus complements the dark purplish blue flowers now: pallid and tatty foliage at flowering time mars several monkshoods, but not this one. The flowers are held in short, rather dense spikes on stout stems that are no more than about a metre in height, making it particularly robust and not prone to collapse.