Nothing quite creates the “wow effect” in a garden like Lupines. They thrive especially well in well-drained, slightly acid soils of the Pacific Northwest, Colorado and other mountainous regions of the US where days are sunny and warm, but nights are cool. In warmer, more humid southern regions, plants do best as showy container plants for garden accents. The Westcountry Series varieties are a truly remarkable group featuring distinct, never seen before colors.
Comes to Must Have Perennials from Sarah Conibear, Westcountry Nurseries, United Kingdom. Read her story on the history of development of these stately flowers in the May 2018 issue of The English Garden magazine.
*Editorial Note: In North America, the common name is spelled “Lupine”, whereas in the United Kingdom and Europe, it is spelled “Lupin”. However both spellings are pronounced the same: “LOO-pin”.
Lupinus polyphyllus (Lupine/Lupin) 'Rachel de Thame'
25-30"/64-76cm. Space 36”/91cm apart to support Lupines robust flower display.
Westcountry Series hybrids are strong stemmed and shouldn't need staking like their seed-propagated cousins. Deadhead flowers after faded—a second flush might appear in late summer.
Late Spring to Early Summer
Full Sun/Part Shade
Approx. Winter Hardiness
USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8