Tired of Lobelia and Alyssum as a border plant? Well, here is something new to try; Scabiosa or Pincushion Flower. That’s not new you say. Well, this is one of those tweaked plants. It’s called “Blue Diamond” and it only grows 6″ to 8″ tall and wide. The rosette of gray green leaves support masses of small pincushion flowers through the summer (June to September).
The flowers are really on the lavender side of blue. Dead-heading is a breeze. It provides a source of nectar for bees and butterflies. It will tolerate some drought and will grow in dry to moist soils, full sun to light shade, although it doesn’t like it really hot.