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Helianthemum

Sun Rose

Evergreen subshrubs and members of the Cistus family, Sun Roses come from the Mediterranean. Tolerant of drought and salt spray, they exhibit the general hardiness that makes them welcome in a rock garden. Let them cascade over a wall or some other sunny well-drained location. Tufted with yellow stamens, their fleeting, silky, rose-like blossoms provide a luminous and continuous display against small-sized matte foliage. Capable of quick infill, combine the Sun Roses with water-thrifty companions like Lavenders, select Euphorbias and Origanums.

<i>Helianthemum</i> ‘Belgravia Rose’

Noted as one of the earliest and most bountiful bloomers among our Helianthemum selections, ‘Belgravia Rose’ boasts a pretty showing of chiffon-like rose-pink flowers with sprightly yellow centers poised above fine textured sage-green leaves.

Blooms April–June

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helianthemum</i> ‘Cheviot’

In mouth-watering peach colors, ‘Cheviot’s dainty blossoms adorn its pearly gray foliage. Euphorbia ‘Candy’ highlights the splendor.

Blooms May–July

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Helianthemum ‘Dazzler’ (P-1519)

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<i>Helianthemum</i> ‘Dazzler’

With silken delicacy, saffron-eyed, deep crimson-red blooms festoon ‘Dazzler’s narrow-leafed green mat.

Blooms May – July.

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helianthemum</i> ‘Fire Dragon’

Jazzing up the bushy foil of silver-green foliage, vivacious yellow-centered orange-scarlet flowers blaze with intensity.

Blooms May–July

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helianthemum</i> ‘Henfield Brilliant’

Paper-thin, bright orange-red blooms make a toasty statement against a bed of gray-green leaves.

Blooms May–July

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Helianthemum ‘Mesa Wine’ (P-1572)

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AVAILABLE 2021

Close-knit reflective dark green leaves are buried by a generous supply of opulent wine-red flowers with sunshine-yellow stamens. Well-suited for edging a border or topping a stone wall, ‘Mesa Wine’ promises intoxicating allure, especially when surrounded by Epilobium and Salvia ‘Blue Marvel’.

Blooms May–July

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helianthemum</i> ‘St. Mary's’

Imparting a crisp elegance, sheet-white flowers lifted on wiry stems illuminate this Sunrose's sturdy, deep green foliage.

Blooms May–July.

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

Hardy to zone 4.

Delicate rose-pink blooms adorn the very silvery foliage of this Helianthemum. Contrast ‘Wisley Pink’s soft and alluring demeanor with fellow Mediterranean, Eryngium variifolium.

Blooms May–July.

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helianthemum</i> ‘Wisley Primrose’

Like tiny suns, ‘Wisley Primrose’s pastel yellow blooms warm its smoky green foliar mass. A swath of Nepeta ‘Little Titch’s blue flowers furnishes complementary color.

Blooms May–July

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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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.

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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. 

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