From May to August, the distinctive flowers bloom on upright columns, adding height to the display. The flowers have white outer petals that bloom from a purple bract. Pollinators such as bees love the flowers, making them a great addition to a wildlife garden. Not only do they look great in the border, but they look stunning as cut flowers in a vase or flower arrangement.
These plants are well-suited to many garden styles, including Mediterranean style gardens where their colour will contrast with fiery tones of red, orange and yellows. Alternatively, plant them in a cottage garden complemented by other purple and pink hues.
Acanthus can be planted in spring or autumn, by planting in a hole with some well-rotted manure to help boost growth. Bear in mind that one acanthus is planted in place it’s best to leave them in position and not disturb or try to move it.
In spring, it’s ideal to give the foliage a tidy up and cut the stems back after flowering in late summer.