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Nurturing a garden is like tending to the soul itself. It offers a haven where we can lose ourselves in the earth's embrace, allowing our minds to unwind and our hearts to find peace. A garden is not just a place to grow plants; it's a sanctuary for both spiritual and horticultural growth. Each plant we choose to cultivate has its own lessons to teach us, if only we take the time to listen and learn.

This week, we’re taking a moment to appreciate the graceful Lupine, in other words, a true queen of the garden. Standing tall with its vibrant spires of flowers in a multitude of hues, this perennial beauty adds a touch of elegance to any landscape. With its dark grey-green foliage and palm-like shape, it's no wonder pollinators flock to its regal presence.

Originating from North America and cherished as a wildflower in some areas, Lupine is a fast-growing perennial that belongs to the esteemed pea family. Like its leguminous relatives, it has the remarkable ability to enrich the soil by fixing nitrogen, ensuring long-term fertility for the garden.

For optimal growth, it's best to plant Lupine in the spring, choosing a sunny location with well-draining soil. Whether used as a border plant or a stand-alone specimen, providing support with stakes or trellises can help maintain its upright stature. With proper care, this resilient beauty will thrive with minimal attention, rewarding gardeners with its enduring charm.

Pssst... When Anna's Club members shop Lupine in-store from now until Wednesday May 15th, they'll receive 20% off!


Lupine Care & Maintenance: 

Light: Full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sunlight). Lupine can grow in part shade, but flowering will be lessened.

Soil: organically rich soil with sharp drainage. They prefer neutral to slightly acidic soil, though they also can grow in very acidic soil conditions.

Water: Lupine prefer regular waterings, water at least weekly if your area has experienced a dry spell to prevent the soil from drying out.

Temperature: Lupines prefer fairly cool summers. If your area is experiencing an extra hot summer, a light layer of mulch around the plant can help to retain soil moisture and keep the roots cool.

Fertilizer: Lupines generally don’t require fertilizer, as it will encourage foliage and lessen blooms.

Toxicity: Toxic to humans and animals

Blooms: Spring & summer

Flower Color: White, pink, red, yellow, blue, purple, bicolor

Growth: 3–4′ tall/ 1–1.5′ wide

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