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Galtonia

Summer Hyacinth

The most enduring trophy of Francis Galton, an explorer and authority on Southwest Africa, may be the summer Hyacinth, which blooms when so many perennials are past their prime. These bulb-forming plants are happiest in rich, well drained soil and need moderate water in the summer.

<i>Galtonia candicans</i> <i>Galtonia candicans</i>

With dark green, straplike leaves and spikes of fragrant, drooping, funnel-shaped white flowers perched on 4 ft. stems, this species is undeniably dramatic. Create your own theater by planting it amidst darker, shade tolerant plants, under a high woodland canopy.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 4' 0" high x 12" wide.

Zone 6/7.

A moist cliff dweller from the lower altitudes of the Drakensberg Mountains, this Galtonia’s blooms have an airy effect. Up to thirty waxed and creamy green tubular flowers with light green, central bands extend out from the stem and then look downward at varied angles. Anchored by erect, green basal straps, the pale, delicate blooms loosely dress its broad floral pillars.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Named for its unusual lime-green flowers, which bloom earlier than those of Galtonia candicans, this species can accent the color and texture of Campanula ‘Kent Belle’.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 3' 0" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

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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.

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