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Papaver

Poppy

Wielded by man since prehistoric times, Poppies have long been associated with sleep and oblivion, and after the First World War, the Flower of Forgetfulness ironically evolved into a symbol for remembrance. Generally defined by nodding buds, decorative seed heads and solitary fleeting flowers gracing long stems, these sun lovers appreciate a well-drained, somewhat dry position, winter chill, good air circulation and a hard cut after blooming. Plant in mass for best effect.

<i>Papaver atlanticum</i> ‘Flore Pleno’

Once you witness the sheer crepe paper-thin orange blooms nodding on tall lanky stems above a bluish green rosette, you’ll see why its common name is so apropos. An applauded brilliantly colored perennial at Chanticleer’s famed ‘ruin and gravel garden,’ Orange Feathers resists deer, tolerates drought, loves good drainage plus makes a self-sowing carefree addition to a cottage garden, rockery, stone wall or even a cut arrangement. 

Blooms June|ndash;August

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

While the cultivar name is a classical musical term, referring to fast-paced or brisk movements, ‘Allegro’ equally arouses our senses with 4 to 6 in. silky, brilliant orange-red petals dancing around a textural cluster of dark purple stamens. Charcoal-hued basal smudges further enhance the large cup-shaped flowers that are shouldered on compact sturdy stalks clad in pinnately cut, serrated gray-green leaves. Incite a riot of color and plant this lavish Poppy near Dahlia ‘Bishop of Oxford’.

Blooms June

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

For the adventuresome gardener and not the faint-at-heart, this flamboyant beauty seduces us with her gorgeous oxblood red flowers. Marked by an ebony blotch at each base, the overlapping, crepe-paperlike petals gather around velvety jet black centers while lounging on tall sturdy stems. A restful counterpoint to the large hot-headed blooms, the bushy bluish green bed of pinnately lobed, toothed and hairy foliage requires a hard cut after blooming, winter chill, good air circulation and drainage, and a massed planting for best effect.

Blooms June.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

The successful outcome of Elinor de Konig’s Dutch breeding program, this relatively new Papaver proclaims 2 distinctive attributes: late summer repeat bloom and a more heat-resistant foundation. The huge rosy burgundy-hued flowers are described by voluptuous layers of dark ruffled petals plus raven-black button-like centers. Lounging on strong stems and blue-green leaves that don’t sulk when summer arrives, the upturned papery blooms can be combined with Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’ for a tantalizing duo.

Blooms June|amp;August

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

Hardy to zone 3.

Lending a decidedly feminine flair to any herbaceous planting, ‘Marlene’ parades layered chiffonlike petals imbued with a sumptuous shade that falls nearly midway between red and purple. Frilly pitch-dark centers and prominent inked markings at the base of each petal heighten the glamour as sturdy upright stems and blue-green feathered leaves provide a cool-hued contrast.

Blooms June.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Famed British nurseryman Amos Perry is credited for starting the Poppy craze in 1906 when he plucked this deeply cupped salmon-pink seedling from a bed of red-blooming poppies. Swirling around knobby coal-black centers, immense, rumpled silky petals are dabbed with midnight-purple bases. ‘Mrs. Perry’s delicate floral gorgeousness crowns straight lanky stems and light green ferny foliage.

Blooms June

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Initially discovered as a chance seedling on the compost pile at Patricia Marrow’s Somerset nursery, this sensational Papaver is coveted for its huge, uniquely colored plum-wine flowers. The elegant 5 to 6 in. wide blooms showcase dark black splotches at the base of each papery petal and a blackberry-hued ring, which encompasses an ornate gold and maroon knobby boss. Splashing saturated color across the summer border or in a vase, the opulent display is supported by serrated grayish green leaves.

Blooms June

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

With a lineage that takes you back to Armenia and the 17th century, this “princess” flaunts magnificent ample-sized flowers. Crumpled, tissue paper-thin petals in pretty salmon-pink colors are shaded by pronounced black blotches at their bases. A handsome blue-green clump of hairy, deeply cut foliage and long, somewhat relaxed stems present the dazzling display, while big fuzzy buds and knobby seed heads add intrigue.

Conveying a decidedly feminine aspect for the herbaceous border, ‘Princess Victoria Louise’ thrives in rich soil, requires a trim after blooming and seared stem ends to ensure long lasting cut flowers.

Blooms June.

Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/4' high x 15" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Papaver orientale</i> ‘Royal Wedding’

In a tribute to its name, the extravagant, deeply cupped flowers flaunt satiny white silken-thin petals waltzing around a plush purple-black brocaded center. All this floral finery dresses a bluish green pedestal of fuzzy fernlike leaves that grows weary during the summer but bounces back for a pleasing winter presence.

Blooms June.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Raised by the British National Collection guardian, Sandy Worth, this extravagant cultivar parades sheer, goffered white flowers with central dark purple blotches plus bold velvety mauve and black centers. The large swank blooms, distinguished by the softest blush of pink, glide above a fern-like gray-green foundation. Spotlight en masse in cottage gardens or perennial borders and relish the luminous early summer lift.

Blooms June

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

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Papaver orientale</i> ‘Turkenlouis’

Dressed to the nines, ‘Turkenlouis’ puts on the Ritz with a lusty abundance of 4 to 6 in. wide, fiery red flowers. Dark purple stamens embroider a pronounced raven-hued center that clutches gossamerlike, deeply fringed petals. Modeled above thick strong stems and smoky green leaves, the high-fashion blooms guarantee a loyal summertime following.

Blooms June.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Papaver spicatum</i>

The English use the word “blowsy” to describe its billowy, cloudlike presence; we think it apt. Quick to establish itself in well drained soils, this Poppy’s sheer, papery blossoms have a soft, creamy apricot coloring. Prominent rounded buds, dentate leaves and the plentiful stand of flowering stems are heavily felted in gray. When planted with silvery Stachys, a soft pastel palette is achieved that welcomes the lilac hues of Nepeta ‘Longipes’.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

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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.

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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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