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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 arenít 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.

Listed in Jeff Cox’s Perennial All-Stars as one of 150 top perennial performers, ‘Taplow Blue’ 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 ‘Fireworks’ and Aster ‘Bridal Veil’.

Blooms July|ndash;September

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

Hardy to zone 4.

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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Our Featured Plant: Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’

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

Exceptional Echinops!

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.

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

 

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