Also known as pincushion flowers, scabiosas produce large saucer-shaped flowers with a greenish-white centre held above basal leaves on wiry stems. Flowering from May well into the autumn, these pretty hardy perennials loved by pollinating insects are especially suited to the cottage/wild garden settings or herbaceous/mixed borders. Try mixing with other perennials such as euphorbias, irises sibirica, lavenders, nepetas or salvias. They make fantastic cut flowers.
Plant in moderately fertile, well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline soil in full sun. Water as needed and dead-head regularly to prolong flowering. Divide and replant in new soil every few years. Provide protection from winter wet.
Scabiosas are supplied in 9 cm pots. Always unpack on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
Generally, scabiosas do not suffer from any serious diseases or pest problems.