Habitat: dry grassland
Soil: well drained, alkaline
Height: 25 cm
Width: 20 cm
The flaxes range from dwarf alpines to moderately tall herbs (and even a shrub), and include some excellent garden plants. The flared conical flowers are showy, and come in a range of colours, including a splendid light blue.
|Linum arboreum is a dwarf, evergreen shrub (after all, the specific name means 'tree'), with bright yellow flowers, produced successively throughout late spring and summer.|
|Linum flavum 'Compactum' is a compact form which has bright yellow, upward-facing, funnel-shaped flowers that open in sunshine in summer. Commonly known as 'Golden flax'.|
|Linum perenne is a deer-resistant plant, also known as Blue Flax, and blooms profusely over the summer months. It has slender stems and lots of the light blue, five-petalled flowers. It looks best grown en masse, in rock gardens, borders or in naturalised plantings.|