A very attractive form of sea holly, named after the famous plantsman, with greyish green leaves veined with silvery white held in a compact rosette. Branching stems carry vivid blue flowers surrounded by silvery blue bracts during the summer. A truly lovely little thing. Sunny spot. Tolerates dry soils. 2 feet. 1 litre pot.
Last few available
This plant has been a fast seller since we first grew it, selling even when relatively small, thanks to the attractiveness of its foliage. Just as nice as Jos Eijking, we think, which can be an expensive buy from a garden centre. And we should know: we've got one!
Graham Stuart Thomas (1909 - 2003) was one of Britain's most celebrated plantsmen and gardening writers, becoming pretty much the Grand Old Man of British horticulture. He was responsible for the design or restoration of many famous gardens, including Mottisfont Abbey with its wonderful collection of old roses, which we know very well, as it is but a few miles from us. You can read about this here.
Mr Thomas is honoured by name in quite a few varieties of various plants, but this little eryngium is, for us at least, one of the best.
Eryngium Graham Stuart Thomas is a hardy compact perennial with variegated grey green leaves and silver blue spiky flowers in summer suitable for full sun.