suburban-garden’s plant of the month for May is the striking Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’. This ornamental thistle really does turn heads and is a magnet for pollinating insects.
We brought our first cirsium during a day-trip to the Isle of Skye about six years ago. We had visited Armadale Castle and marvelled at the beautiful plants in the grounds and found this gem of a plant in the gift shop. Suffice it to say we did get many bemused looks from the other tourists on the boat back to Mallaig as we transported this towering plant with us.
The cirsium then then spent several years growing happily in clay soil until we moved and it came with us. It was a tough job trying to dig it up but eventually the whole plant came up and it is doing well in its news home.
Read more about this beautiful plant at: tinyurl.com/k5d9w2t.