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Polemonium Heaven Scent

Jacobu2019s Ladder

Beautifully scented

A charming variety with loose clusters of lightly scented, blue flowers which seem to float above a lush mound of attractive fern-like leaves. The dark green leaves develop purple-bronze tints and make a lovely foil for the flowers, which appear in the spring and summer.


Likes a lightly shaded position, although happy in a sunnier spot if kept well watered. Ideal in a bed or a border, and looks fabulous in a woodland garden or a container.


Best in a moist, well drained soil. Remove faded flowers to encourage more. Use a good quality potting compost for container growing.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 20 cm - 25 cm
Plant width 35 cm - 40 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 25 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Sand, Chalk
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From April to September