Published: August 31, 2022


Once again I marvel at the difference between my two .

Lobelia tupa

As mentioned last year, the original plant -now over 2 feet tall, is located under a Eucalyptus tree and it is shrinking as it ages -does this sound familiar?

The other, a much younger plant, is in a better location, topping 7 feet this year. I have even feed the older plant, whilst the younger one was ignored…..it hasn't helped.

I intend to take pity of the struggling Lobelia and move it to a more suitable location, give it a feed and see what happens -will it be past it or will it have a new lease of life, we will see.

I have several Lobelias in the garden, all doing well but some in just the wrong location, either height wise, too squashed or a basic case of colour clash, they will need to be sorted in a few weeks time.
has been wonderful this year, such a lovely bright pink flower.

Lobelia bridgesii

Lobelia laxiflora augustifolia has also performed well this year -bright yellow/red trumpets with very fine strap like leaves.

Lobelia laxiflora augustifolia

, a tall stately shrub with good clean bright green foliage, nice orange typical lobelia shaped flowers -if you are lucky.

Lobelia excelsa

The flowers on one stem are just about to open (late August), so still time yet!

Maggie Duguid

Text and photos by Maggie Duguid, who is a member of the HPS North East Group.