Verbascum 'Gainsborough'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Plant details

A fun, stately plant, it sends up a tall spike covered in pale yellow, saucer-like flowers in summer, high above a rosette of semi-evergreen, grey-green leaves. When planting, make sure that there is a contrasting or complimentary colour behind, because being a see-through plant the background is as important as its immediate neighbours. All Verbascums tolerate a wide range of soils, but an excellent sunny position is vital. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Verbascum

Cultivar: Gainsborough

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: April to April

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