I was rather pleased with the impact of my Foxgloves and Cardoons (14th June) until I saw these monster Echiums in a pub garden by the sea in Dorset at the weekend.
These 5-metre towers of flowers are the giants of the blooming world. If you look at the last photo a 'tall' Foxglove is completely dwarfed. The Echium pinanana are getting on for three times as high; and a great trunk of flowers too.
We tried to grow Echium 'Pink Fountain' in our garden in Somerset last year. Despite the excellent summer the flowers didn't take off at all. Just not hot enough I guess.
I've seen them in flower in Cornwall, and in London at the Garden Museum, where it is several degrees warmer. How about other parts of the country?
I'd love to know if others have been successful. Share a photo if you can.