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Diascia

TwinSpur

These increasingly popular South African perennials are good-looking, vigorous and quick to fill out. The long blooming cloud of pink to peach to lavender-colored flowers make these gracefully spreading plants perfect for containers.

<i>Diascia</i> ‘Blackthorn Apricot’

The striking color of these good-sized flowers will remind you of delicious summer peaches. Held about 6 in. above the fine dense mat of dark green foliage, they blend beautifully with Nepeta ‘Kit Kat’ and Scutellaria ‘Moonbeam’. Take advantage of this cultivar’s vigorous growth in a rock garden or in the front of a border with Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ and Salvia sinaloensis.

Blooms April–October.

Size: 12" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

‘Blue Bonnet’ forms a compact mound of slender, dark green, glossy triangular foliage that gracefully softens the edge of our garden path. The unique blooms are quite painterly: pink infused with blue, like a watercolor portrait, and highlighted by a cluster of bright yellow stamens.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 8" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Diascia</i> ‘Coral Belle’

Highly saturated coral pink spurred flowers, each adorned with a yellow spot on its upper petal, are held gracefully above a tidy mound of handsome broad leaves. For elegant contrast in foliage and form, pair with Schizostylis ‘Alba’.

Blooms May–mid-October.

Size: 12" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

The pearly blooms of this recent British selection herald an exciting new color within the Twinspurs. Arising from close-knit, grayish green linear foliage, the wiry 18 in. stems display myriad flowers that open with pinkish hints, and soon pale to nearly white. Let ‘Blush’ colonize a well drained spot atop a stone wall, where its carefree stance brings charm to such plants as Dracocephalum ‘Fuji Blue’ and Antirrhinum sempervirens.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 18" high x 18" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

An inspiring new breakthrough selection discovered in South Africa’s Drakensberg Mountains, this tough Plant Select introduction broadens the hardiness range of the genus, exhibiting exceptional tolerance to both hot and cold temperatures. From spring until frost, upright fine textured green foliage bolsters an abundance of coral-pink wands, brimming with luscious flowers enhanced by darker pink centers. A stalwart beauty that easily graces an array of sites, ‘Coral Canyon’ can be planted next to Kniphofia pauciflora and Phygelius ‘Moonraker’.

Blooms June|#8211;October

Size: 15" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Diascia integerrima</i> ‘Pink Adobe’

Evoking images of New Mexico’s plastered adobe walls, the uniquely colored, pale salmon pink flowers with maroon throats offer a head turning, nonstop display for months on end. Relaxed stems clad in needle-like green foliage form a tightset, deep green mound that is reliably cold hardy. Originating from a group of seedlings at High Country Gardens, this sturdy, small-sized gem appreciates a midsummer trim and rich garden soil.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 15" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Rosy purple masses of small comely blossoms and linear narrow green leaves set this low growing charmer apart from the more commonly known pink and apricot blooming Diascias. ‘Langthorn’s Lavender’s diminutive form can be tucked along the front of the border or into a crevice, where its perky summer-long floral parade, riding atop upright stems, makes a delightful color echo with the plumes of Astilbe c. ‘Pumila’.

Blooms June-October

Size: 8" – 12" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

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Our Featured Plant: Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’

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Exceptional Echinops, Plants to freshen up your August garden, Saturday Strolls!

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The striking floral orbs sport either frosty white, cobalt blue or metallic-blue shades, while perched atop sturdy erect stems with handsome jagged-edged foliage. Cherished by pollinators, floral designers and gardeners alike, Echinops thrive in sunny, well-drained niches, though are tolerant of poor soil as well as rock-strewn or sandy sites. These undemanding European natives are perfect candidates for a formal border, cottage garden, meadow-style planting or a cut arrangement. Be sure to check out our online Echinops offerings.

Cool colors for your summer plantings….

Icy white, pale pink and chartruese shades perk up our August borders, while effortlessly blending with just about any color imaginable. These composed hues provide our eyes with bright, yet soothing focal points and an overall beat-the-heat ambience! Some of our cool-down favorites include: Echinops, Sidalcea ‘Elsie Heugh’  Euphorbia mellifera, Kniphofia ‘Green Jade’, Phlox ‘David’ and Tanacetum ‘Isla Gold’. I’ve also featured a handful of richer-toned flowers that I discovered on my early morning walk today. We hope you’ll try sprinkling a few of these perennials amid your landscapes and enjoy both their tranquil or more spirited effects.

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