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Cephalaria

The most garden-worthy plants of this versatile genus, which includes 65 species of annuals, biennials and perennials, all bearing pincushion flower heads, are valued for their stature and distinctively textured foliage. Amenable and undemanding perennials with a graceful air, our selections work equally well as specimens or as a swath meandering through the landscape.

Cephalaria galpiniana is unique among other species in the genus for its attractive, ferny green basal mound comprised of long, narrow ultra-chiseled toothed leaves and succulent stems. Buoyant creamy yellow pincushion-styled flowers are presented on supple 18 in. green stalks for a carefree summer showing. Smaller statured than its towering cousin, Cephalaria gigantea, this seldom offered perennial can be situated closer to the frontlines, where its relaxed stance and easily melded colors effectively offset broad or gray foliage and bolder-hued flowers.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 12" – 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Cephalaria gigantea</i>

This large long-lived perennial has flat Scabiosa-like primrose-yellow flowers supported by wiry striped stems and a basal clump of pinnately lobed dark green foliage. A cinch to cultivate, C. gigantea projects a compelling, yet lighthearted presence in any garden and when given room to grow, we guarantee you’ll be impressed.

Blooms JuneľAugust

Size: 6' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Our Featured Plant: Crocosmia ‘Zeal Tan’

Captivating Crocosmias, Plants that Dodge to Dog Days of Summer, 2020 T-shirst have arrived!

Captivating Crocosmias!

Crocosmias boast a bounty of late summer color as our gardens transition into autumn. Displayed on the ends of gracefully arching spikes above winsome sword-like leaves, the clustered tubular flowers range from yellow, peach and orange to fire-engine red. The prismatic tones meld well with white-flowering Hydrangeas and perennials such as Selinium wallichianum, Actaea simplex 'Atropurpurea', Alcea 'Polarstar' or Aster 'Bridal Veil'. The yellow and melon shades sparkle amid the blue blossoms of Aconitum, Caryopteris 'Longwood Blue', Perovskia 'Blue Steel' and  Aster 'Little Carlow'. For sizzling fun you could create a hot border, intermingling them with Kniphofia 'Bee's Sunset', Helenium 'Potter's Wheel' or Helianthemum 'Fire Dragon'. Be sure to add some to your next cut arrangement!

Commonly known as Montbretia, they do their best when provided with good drainage, moderate moisture and some protection from hot afternoon sun. Please feel free to check out our extensive collection of Crocosmia cultivars in the perennial section of our online catalog.

Dodge the Dog Days of summer….

with plants that pack a punch of blooms and alluring leaves at this time of year. By late August, our borders can look a tad tired and may be in need of some sprucing up. Adequate moisture and an additional application of compost will ensure late summer vitality. You can trim perennials, such as Nepetas and Geraniums, and savor their fresh new growth plus a flourish of blooms, often until the first frost! We hope some of the plants featured in this newsletter lift your spirits and maybe even inspire a little awe as summer wanes. 

All of us Digging Dog plant wranglers wish you Happy Digging and good health.

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