Echinops blue globe thistleThis is definitely my plant of this week – having spotted it bulk planted in a large border within view of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. A fantastic plant for pollinators – bees were all over them when I took this photo in mid-July. These plants would look wonderful inter-planted within a perennial border with grasses.




A bit about the plant

Suggested uses

Architectural, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Wildlife, Gravel, Low Maintenance


Grows best in poor, well-drained soil in full sun but will tolerate most soils. Tolerates part shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy.

Soil drainage


Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral.


Partial Shade, Full Sun.


South, East, West.



UK hardiness

Hardy (H4).