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Echinops

Globe Thistle

Bees and butterflies adore Echinops. They are so undemanding that you will too. Equ­al­ly fabulous in the garden or in a vase as a fresh or dried cut flower, their impressive profile brings intriguing definition to surrounding softer forms. Thriving in well-drained soil, even if it's poor or sandy, the Globe Thistle is a sensational perennial worth making room for.

<i>Echinops bannaticus</i> ‘Blue Glow’

Surreal-looking, intensely blue globes are perched atop sturdy stalks lined with winsome, jagged-edged gray-green foliage. The perfectly round blooms and statuesque bearing can be backlit by the late afternoon sun and planted en masse amid spiky Muhlenbergia rigens and the dark domes of Angelica gigas.

Blooms July|#8211;September

Size: 4' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Round, pearly white blooms sojourn on well-branched sturdy stalks that aren’t quite as tall as Echinops ‘Blue Glow’s. Thistlelike narrow green leaves show off downy gray-green bellies, while the distinctive flowers proudly illuminate a drift of Leymus ‘Canyon Prince’.

Blooms July – early September.

Size: 3-1/3' high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Echinops bannaticus</i> ‘Taplow Blue’

Listed in Jeff Cox|rsquo;s Perennial All-Stars as one of 150 top perennial performers, |lsquo;Taplow Blue|rsquo; attracts gardeners, bees and butterflies alike. Branched, leafy pewter-hued stems gracefully curve upwards, attired in handsome, deeply cut thistle-like grey-green leaves with niveous flip sides. Surmounting strong stems for several months, the powdery steel-blue spherical heads make an extraordinary presentation, especially when massed or positioned alongside softer looking flowers such as Solidago |lsquo;Fireworks|rsquo; and Aster |lsquo;Bridal Veil|rsquo;.

Blooms July–September

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 20" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Echinops ritro ‘Veitch's Blue’ (P-1911)

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<i>Echinops ritro</i> ‘Veitch's Blue’

Brimming with innate artistry, this durable perennial unleashes a pollinator mecca of stunning, golf ball-sized dark blue blooms. Stiff silver-laced stems soldier straight up, producing deeply chiseled, spine-tipped green leaves, whose flip sides sport a mercury-hued tomentose. Ideal for juxtaposing against Sorghastrum ‘Indian Steel’, Phlox ‘Jeana’ and Verbascum ‘Wedding Candles’, clump-forming ‘Veitch’s Blue’ grows slightly smaller than the species, while its flowers are more profuse and a deeper blue.

Blooms July–September

Size: 3' 0" – 3-1/2' high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Echinops sphaerocephalus</i> ‘Arctic Glow’ <i>Echinops sphaerocephalus</i> ‘Arctic Glow’

Topping erect mahogany-hued stems, snow white balls provide a stately element heightened by prickly, frost-imbued greenery. Planted with compelling companions like Aconitum, Digitalis ‘Gigantea Gelber Herold’ and Veronicastrum, its noble orbs appear to glow. 

Blooms July|#8211;September

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Our featured plant: Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Honey Angels’

Colorful Crocosmias, Be Awed by your August garden, Saturday Strolls!

Click here to view our Late August 2019 Newsletter!

Colorful Crocosmias!

Crocosmias pack a punch of late summer color as our gardens transition into autumn. Their clustered tubular flowers populate the ends of gracefully arching spikes, which emerge from handsome sword-like foliage. Ranging from yellow, peach and orange to fiery red, their prismatic shades look exceptional with white flowering perennials such as Phlox ‘David’, Selinum wallichianum and Aster ‘Bridal Veil’, as well as the blue blossoms of Aconitum, Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ or Aster ‘Twilight’. For fun you could create a hot border, blending them with Kniphofia, Helenium, Salvia and even other Crocosmia, plus be sure to include some in your next bouquet. Commonly referred to as Montbretia and hardy to Zone 6, they appreciate, good drainage, adequate water and some shade in scorching summer sun. Please feel free to check out our extensive collection of Crocosmia cultivars in the perennial section of our online catalog.

YES, it’s possible to be in awe of your late August garden….

At this point in the season, some areas in our gardens may appear a tad worn or lackluster. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to cut back a few tired looking perennials, such as the Nepetas or Geraniums, so you can enjoy a fresh flourish of growth plus more blooms. Adequate moisture and an additional application of compost will also ensure late summer vigor. Incorporating plants that provide a bounty of flowers and alluring leaves in August and September helps buoy our spirits, and hopefully even inspire a little awe as we approach fall. Though the plants featured in this newsletter either promote a bold statement or possess more refined aspects, they equally caught my eye and made me pause to take a closer look. Perhaps they’ll spark a wondrous moment for you as well. All of us Digging Dog plant wranglers wish you Happy Digging!

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