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Asclepias

Milkweed, Butterfly Weed

A big-time butterfly attraction, particularly for the Monarch at larval stage, this American-born perennial promises an irresistible, long lasting summertime display in a well-drained mixed border or more informal venue. The Butterfly Weed’s showy flowers look exceptional in cut arrangements, either fresh or dried, while its slender seed pods lend decorative accents.

Asclepias incarnata ‘Cinderella’ (P-1783)

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This easily grown floriferous cultivar hosts large, compact rosy pink umbels packed with petite white flowers set in dark red bracts. Sprouting from a sizable taproot, the late-to-emerge noninvasive clump of numerous, erect branching stems celebrates vibrant-looking, vanilla-scented blooms. Selected from the wild species that inhabits Missouri’s swamps and wet meadows, ‘Cinderella’ thrives surprisingly well in drier sites and can escort Baptisia ‘Solar Flare’ or ornamental grasses like Molinia or Panicum.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

A floriferous white-blooming selection of Missouri’s native Swamp Milkweed, ‘Ice Ballet’s straight sturdy stems lift tight-knit, delicately fragrant pearlescent umbels and silky haired seeds. Lance-shaped, slender deep green leaves cloak the attractive compact habit, which can be added to butterfly gardens, sunny borders or stream sides, where it lures hummingbirds as well as butterflies, especially Gray Hairstreaks and Queens. This easy-care cultivar tolerates clay, deer and wet soil.

Blooms July–August

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Asclepias tuberosa</i>

One of the most garden-worthy of all the Milkweeds, this brilliant orange flowered butterfly and hummingbird attraction can be found roaming many eastern and southern North American roadsides, prairies, glades and fields. Tuberous roots, narrow lance-shaped green leaves and clumping, upright hairy stems support the showy flattened dense umbels and unique, silky tailed slender seed pods, which can be added to cut arrangements. A recent recipient of the 2017 PPA as well as a rugged, yet long blooming contender for borders, massed plantings or stylized meadows, Butterflyweed can handle deer, drought, erosion and shallow rocky soil, but detests poorly drained sites.

Blooms July–September

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Our featured plants: Dahlia ‘Bishop Of York’x Halimiocistus wintonensis ‘Merrist Wood Cream’Helianthus ‘Undaunted (Tm) Lemon Max (Dakota Queen)’Verbascum chaixii ‘Sixteen Candles’Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’Santolina chamaecyparissus var. nanaPhygelius x rectus ‘Moonraker’

View our Late July 2019 Newsletter here: Shades of yellow, Midsummer botanical delights, Saturday Strolls!

Shades of yellow!

Yellow has been associated with Nirvana, Aztecs, saints, harvest-time and even the path that Dorothy followed. Various shades of this color are reputed to enhance creativity and concentration as well as cheerfulness. There are so many yellows we can include in our garden, ranging from the palest hues through chartreuse to sunshine yellow, ochre, gold and copper. Whether the color is imbued in a plant’s foliage or flowers, it can be successfully married with white, pink, orange, blue and violet blossoms, while injecting an aura of ebullience and brightness, or an autumnal mood.

Midsummer botanical delights….

Basking in some long-awaited warmth and sunshine, our garden is unfurling a delightful tapestry of color, form and texture. While strolling through our display borders and nursery this week with my wee canine cohort Boobah, I was smitten with the plants that I photographed for this newsletter. We hope one or perhaps several of our selections will beguile you as well.

Happy digging and happy mid summer from all us Digging Dog Plant Wranglers! 

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