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Acanthus

Bear’s Breaches

If you have always wanted an Acanthus but couldn't squeeze one into your garden, you'll be pleased to discover this compact smaller statured Bear's Breech. The pagoda-style tower of white and purple hooded flowers rises proudly from a textural, 18 in. tall lustrous rosette, fashioned with finely chiseled dark forest green leaves. Though Acanthus caroli-alexandri's origins are uncertain, some say it's a form of Acanthus hungaricus, while others claim it's a hybrid between Acanthus spinosus and Acanthus hirsutus its bold lacy accents are sure to turn heads in a tight spot or a more expansive planting.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Acanthus mollis</i> ‘Rue Ledan’

A lustrous mound of large, deeply lobed green leaves entertains majestic straight-up silvery green spires, composed of big pure white flowers that protrude from prominent canopy-like green bracts. With elegance and architecture to spare, this rarely offered perennial can be utilized as a statuesque pathway sentinel or as a compelling specimen in a mixed border. ‘Rue Ledan’ tolerates shade, wards off mildew and stays fresh in a cut arrangement for nearly 2 weeks.

Blooms June–July

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 2' 0" – 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Acanthus spinosus</i> <i>Acanthus spinosus</i>

Hailing from the eastern Mediterranean, this bold statuesque perennial is as strong as a gladiator, and equally commanding. Held on lengthy stalks, the deeply divided, 2 to 3 ft. long leaves are glossy and very dark green. Spiny-looking, though not too sharp, the leaves’ erect yet arching architecture were the inspiration for the decorative crown on Corinthian capitals. Mysterious, 2 ft. tall wands of Foxglove-like flowers rise above the imposing mound. Long-lasting and excellent for arrangements, each white-lipped blossom is anchored by a green-gray bract and nearly hidden by a decorative, hood-like purple calyx.

Blooms June–July

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

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Our featured plant: Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’

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Extraordinary Echinops!

Donning either frosty white, cobalt blue or steel-blue tones, the stunning floral orbs are perched atop straight sturdy stems with handsome jagged-edged foliage. These undemanding European natives prefer sunny well-drained niches, but can tolerate poor, sandy or rock-strewn sites. Cherished by pollinators, floral designers and plant connoisseurs alike, Echinops lend a statuesque presence to formal borders, cottage gardens, meadow-style plantings or cut arrangements.

Welcome pollinators into your garden….

with blooms that promise to buoy your spirits plus entice a plethora of pollinators, including moths, butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects. 

Most of are aware of the alarming decline in our bee and and butterfly populations. Recent studies indicate that planting a garden of any size, whether it's a substantial meadow or even a container, can attract and nourish pollinators. A network of pollinator gardens in neighborhoods, cities and rural areas throughout our country could provide enough habitat to maintain healthy communities of pollinators and other beneficial insects. 

We can make a difference by including numerous plants that benefit pollinators in our landscapes. We hope this selection of pollinator-friendly plants will inspire you to dig some into your garden. 

Happy August and Happy Digging from all of us Digging Dog plant wranglers!

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