A superb hybrid, a deliberate cross by Ernest Ballard in around 1917. Large elegant sky-blue flowers which are perfectly formed and very beautiful. Slow to increase but well worth the wait, propagated by division only.
H. x media ‘Ballardii’ should be planted on a cool, well-drained slope in a light ‘fluffy’ soil rich in leaf mould. It is essential that they are exposed to early spring sunshine, but they must receive plenty of shade immediately after flowering and especially during the heat of the summer. They will thrive under deciduous trees and shrubs or in crevices in the rock garden, performing best where there is good humidity. They respond well to a top-dressing of leaf-mould in autumn and an annual feed of fish, blood and bone in late winter. Remove old leaves just before flowering.
Height 15 cm
Full cultural instructions will be sent with every order.