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Do lupins like sun or shade?

So you want to add some lupins to your garden but you are still not sure on the spot? One question you obviously have is do lupins like sun or shade? Well, I have a lot of experience growing lupins so let me help you out and answer that question for you below.

Yellow lupins
Yellow lupins

Do lupins like sun or shade?

Lupins like full sun but can also tolerate partial or dappled shade. If grown in shadier spots they will not flower as well as when grown in full sun.

When it comes to light lupins thrive in full sunlight, they will grow just as well in dappled shade also. If you start to move away from dappled shade into the darker areas of your garden then lupins will not be so happy.

Because of their love for full sun if you want to get the most out of lupin you want to leave spaces between your plants. Find out more in my how far apart to plant lupins article.

Lupins in bloom

They may still grow and flower in shadier spots but the plants will never reach the same size or produce the same amount of flowers as lupins that are grown in full sun.

More on Lupins

Lupins are a beautiful flower that you will find in many British gardens. Lupins are a staple of British cottage gardens, famed for both their height and colour. Originally hailing from the Mediterranean they are a perennial that will greet you with a gorgeous display year after year.

They produce a large flowering spike that is full of colour and each plant can have lots of these spikes leading to a fabulous display. They will begin to flower around may and can last well into June. The flowers do go to seed quite quickly but your lupin will continue to produce more and more new spikes.

To get the best out of these spikes though it is essential to deadhead the old spikes to give the new ones a chance to flourish. Also cutting your lupins back in autumn can help them the following spring. The seeds are edible but if not treated properly first they can be poisonous to animals and humans. Greenfly can be a common problem for lupins here in the UK.