Last year I planted some seeds of what I have heard described as the giant Vipers Bugloss. I apologise for the daft name, its not mine. The Latin is probably better ; Echium pininana – well, that’s one of them. The point is its a very tall two year grower. Last year it got to be about six inches tall, and I planted a couple into the garden. This year one of them has grown, a lot.
This is my Echium. I hope you like it. First saw them on the Isles of Scilly, but they come from further south, like the Canaries – where I have also seen them. The bees think its great, and so do I, but I worry about composting the thing in the winter.