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nightingale plant

Nightingale plant

Sun to Partial Shade

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Columbines are easy, adaptable, short-lived perennials, promiscuous hybridizers and self-sowers. The Songbird series gets highest praise from connoisseurs, with large, long-spurred, upward facing flowers.

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)
Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

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Shirley Baines, the Chief Executive of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, which is sponsoring the garden, said: “Florence Nightingale was at the forefront of modern-day nursing and an active lobbyist for reforms in healthcare. As the architect of the modern hospital, she recognised that the hospital environment had a strong influence on patient outcomes.

The garden, which is being planted to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth, consists of an imagined courtyard garden for a new hospital.
The plants in the garden include some found in her own pressed flower collection, including species of peonies and ferns, as well as plants with strong medicinal properties which were used in the 19th century and are still used in medicine today.

“It has been a wonderful challenge and reflects my own passion for creating contemporary landscapes in historically and culturally significant contexts”.
Chelsea Flower Show is aiming to shed light on loneliness and mental health this year, and many of the gardens carry a therapeutic theme.
Designed as a restorative space, it is enclosed on three sides by a sculptural timber pergola, which provides a space from which to view the garden as well as to sit in and stroll through it.
“The garden will celebrate Florence Nightingale’s contribution to modern-day nursing using architectural design and modern, sustainable materials to represent her enduring reforms in hospital construction and vibrant planting to highlight the importance of green spaces for health and recovery.
Herbs from Florence Nightingale’s personal flower collection are to be grown at Chelsea Flower Show as gardeners celebrate her life.

Florence Nightingale’s favourite flower, a foxglove, will also be a major component of the garden, which will otherwise feature a calming, pastel palette of green and yellow interspersed with blues, lilacs and pinks.

Herbs from Florence Nightingale's personal flower collection are to be grown at Chelsea Flower Show as gardeners celebrate her life.