Planting Lupine Garden Plants
For impressive garden plants with tall, showy flowers, few can top the lupines with their columnar flower spikes ablaze with color. All lupines have palmate leaves, meaning there are many little leaflets that are grouped together at the base, somewhat like the fingers of a hand or a palm frond. Flowers appear throughout the summer on thin conical spikes above the foliage; purple is the color most often associated with lupine, though white, pink, yellow, magenta, blue and other shades are available. Growing lupine garden plants is as simple as planting seeds or cuttings into a sunny area with well-drained soil. If planting lupine from seed, scratch the seed surface or soak seeds overnight in lukewarm water to allow the seed coat to be easily penetrated. Seeds of the lupine garden plants may also be chilled for a week in the refrigerator prior to planting. This may also be accomplished by planting lupine seeds in the fall and letting Mother Nature do the chilling through the winter.
Direct sowing of lupine seeds in autumn is perhaps the easiest method. Lupines produces seed which will re-produce more flowers the following year if not removed from the growing lupine. Average soil is best for growing lupine garden plants. Utilize this trait and plant lupines in areas of the landscape that have not been composted or amended in other ways.