Masses of small, vibrant flowers set against lush, fine-textured foliage. These are in bloom now and are beautiful.
We love lobelia for its vibrant color, but keeping the plant looking good through the summer requires some care. Lobelia needs at least several hours of sun to flower adequately, but prefers some mid-day/afternoon shade to cool it off when it gets hot in the summer. Frequent watering is a must. Keep the soil moist. A lobelia that gets hot and dry too often in the summer will go into decline. Feed with a liquid or slow release fertilizer. Deadheading is not necessary, but it is very important to rejuvenate the plant by trimming it back occasionally. This last step seems to be the key to long-lasting success with lobelia.