David S. Stuart in his monograph on the genus wrote that ‘Lochinch’ was one of his favourite varieties. This hybrid popped up in the garden of the Earl of Stair at Lochinch in Wigtownshire, Scotland during the Second World War. It was given the Royal Horticultural Society's highest accolade, the Award of Garden Merit in 1993. A relatively dwarf cultivar 'Lochinch' is as beautiful in foliage as it is in flower. Its handsome silver-grey leaves are exciting foil to dense heads of violet-blue flowers. 'Lochinch' begins to flower quite late in the season but has a long flowering period from January until March. Happy in any sunny well drained spot. 180cm tall by 150cm wide.