Hardy herbaceous and shrubby plants, suitable for growing in borders, on the margins of shrubberies, and in clumps. Although the old-fashioned cottage lupin is of dark blue, there are now numerous hybrids of various colours, generally in pink, mauve, buff, orange, etc. These flowers appear in May and June, and the cut flowers make excellent indoor decoration. Some varieties are sweetly scented.
Cultivation of shrubby species
Prepare a sandy loam for this class of lupins and plant in autumn or spring. They like a sunny, but sheltered, position. Cut off dead spikes after flowering.
Cultivation of herbaceous species
These plants wrill grow in any ordinary rich soil, in a sheltered spot. They may be planted at the same time as the shrubby kinds, that is, in autumn or spring. In April the soil should be mulched with decayed manure, and in October the stems should be cut down to the ground.
Increase by cuttings in March, also seeds may be sown in the open in April, transplanting the seedlings into their permanent position from June to August.
Some of the best named varioties for the amateurs garden are: Artist, pale blue.
Bright News, flesh-pink.
Capt. Lindberg, purple and gold.
Chocolate Soldier, deep chocolate and yellow.
C. M. Pritchard, orange, shaded salmon.
Fortunata, deep buff.
John Harkness, bright apricot.
Queen of the West, soft primrose, shaded rose-peach.
Sunshine, yellow, shaded old gold.
Tunio, shell-pink and white. 21s Lancers, lavender-rose and yellow.