Knautia macedonica 'Thunder and Lightning'PBR (v)
This eye-catching Knautia is much more compact than other varieties, with a clump forming habit. The variegated foliage of pale green and cream create a contrasting backdrop for the bright pink, pincushion-like florets that float above on slender stems. Easy to grow and loved by garden pollinators. (Photo courtesy of Ball Colegrave)
Keep well watered until firmly established. Plant into any good garden soil, avoiding wet areas. Feed with a good liquid fertiliser every two weeks in the flowering season.
Water thoroughly, or stand pot in a container of water for half an hour before planting. Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. Remove the pot, place the plant in the hole so that the root ball is level with the surrounding ground and refill, firming if necessary. Keep well watered in dry weather. Feed in spring with a good, general fertiliser.
July - September