Honestly, this Honesty is the most stunning plant I have grown in the garden for years. I bought a plant some years ago after a friend recommended it. I then planted it thinking it really did not look that exciting. I quickly forgot all about it until a year later when in amongst all my other plants this big bush of electric purple blue flowers had appeared as if by magic. I say electric, as this really describes how the flowers seem to shine as if neon lights were ablaze in the border.
This unusual plant variety is thought to be a form, originating from Corfu, of Lunaria annua, however, Lunaria annua is a biennial and my plants seem to live longer and get much bigger that the typical deep pink flowered plant which is a common sight of garden and hedgerow. In many respects it does the same thing, flowers for some considerable time, then later in the season you notice the ornamental seeds hanging like silver coins from the stems, but it also seems to grow more shrubby and less spire like. From these silver coins, you are more or less guaranteed to have some extra plants appearing the following year. The foliage is also different from common Honesty, being less hairy and slightly bluer in colour.
Flowers start appearing in April, and continue through until quite late in the summer, followed by the ornamental seed pods. Single plants can attain a height of 90cm and a spread of up to 75cm.
Plants are sold from late March until May in 9cm pots as small seedlings as they are fragile to transport as older plants. They will not flower in the first year after planting. Plant out as soon as possible after arrival. You will sometimes get more than one plant per pot which you can carefully separate before planting.