I really like the shagginess of the perennial cornflower, Centaurea montana; it makes me smile. It is such a beautiful colour which looks lovely against the fresh green leaves – a colour combination I used in last year’s Malvern Garden range of lampshades.
Also known as Knapweed, it is thistle-like in appearance. The serrated black outline to the scales at the base intrigues me.
And if I remember to cut it back once the flowers fade it will bloom again later in the season.
Take a look at this beauty ‘Amethyst in Snow’ – I may have to treat myself to that one.
The National Collection of Centaurea is in Northumberland.