at Digging Dog
You might not transmute gold with
Alchemilla, but foamy clusters of tiny, starlike flowers in
brilliant chartreuse will materialize above beautifully
scalloped, slightly toothed foliage. A contrast of
forms, Alchemilla was used to collect dewdrops in the
medieval preparation of the Philosopher’s
Stone. We find the way moisture collects and moves
like mercury on the pale green leaves always
magical. Whether fresh or dried, the flowers are a favored
addition to any bouquet.
A charming dwarf form with gray-green serrated foliage and vibrant citron-yellow flower clusters that don a reddish cast once they are spent, we plant it primarily as a ground cover in small niches of the rockery.
Size: 5" high x 10" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Alchemilla erythropoda (P-0009)
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This glamorous beacon for the late season garden is our favorite plant this week. Hydrangea aspera ‘Rocklon’ with it's large pink clouds of buds and pinkish bronze, downy new growth bring a soft look to this noble, rarely cultivated Hydrangea. Mounted on stout fuzzy stems, wide, hairy serrated foliage, with red-hued petioles, provides a graceful deep green foil for the enormous mauve lacecaps ringed by white bracts. Adequate water and bright shade will ensure ‘Rocklon’s prosperity, while Corydalis and Stylophorum diphyllum offer contrasting texture beneath. (S-0421)
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