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Phygelius

Cape Fuchsia

Birds simply love the lazy clusters of long, nodding, tubular flowers that cover Phygelius all summer long. Gardeners, too, will love this fast growing subshrub from South Africa, because no matter what the cultivar, the Cape Fuchsia adds a luscious, colorful look to any garden.

A member of the Snapdragon family, Phygelius grow in well drained garden soil, and are evergreen in milder climates. Handsome, glossy, deep green foliage adorns rich maroon stems, and the stunning Penstemon-like flowers range from pale yellow to vibrant red.

<i>Phygelius</i> ‘New Sensation’

Flaunting vibrant pink-throated, deep carmine-pink trumpets that daintily swirl around burgundy-tinted stems, ‘Sensation’ is truly sensational!

Sturdy and low growing, this new Phygelius’ high-spirited color promises summery pizzazz peeking through a billowing mound of Geranium ‘Jolly Bee’. PP#13464.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

A recent Xera Plants introduction, this vigorous South African shrubby perennial presents green calyces, clasping slim tubular blooms that gradate in color from deep reddish salmon to peach. Defined by daintily flared maroon-edged warm yellow tips, flaxen throats and burgundy stamens, the long blooming floral spires crest a compact semi-evergreen foundation of thick serrated shiny green leaves. ‘Peach Trombone’ delivers summertime zest, enjoys fertile well-draining soil and lures hummingbirds.

Blooms June-September

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

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Phygelius</i> x <i>rectus</i> ‘African Queen’

The first hybrid in this remarkable series, ‘African Queen’ displays regal splendor befitting its name, bearing exquisite reddish orange flowers with lemon-yellow throats. Beside Geranium ‘Phillipe Vapelle’, this selection provides a riot of color and contrast.

Blooms June–September

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

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Phygelius</i> x <i> rectus</i> ‘Moonraker’

Soft yellow flowers, narrower than others in the series, are borne all around the stem, orbiting like pale moons. For complementary flower color, plant with Aster ‘Lutetia’.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 3-1/2' high x 3-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Phygelius</i> x <i>rectus</i> ‘Pink Elf’

Impish ‘Pink Elf’ promises densely clustered salmon-pink flowers embellished with warm yellow throats. Distinctive for its compact growth habit and its ability to slowly spread by underground stems, this Phygelius looks enticing next to the silvery foliage of Kniphofia ‘Malibu Yellow’.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 2' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Phygelius</i> ‘Trewidden Pink’

For all those who take the time to peer inside these dusky salmon-pink pendants, an enticing surprise awaits you. The flared petals reveal a brilliant sunburst of yellow rimmed with cherry-red. Lifted on rubescent stems above lustrous, verdant leaves, the closely arranged blooms can be juxtaposed against Teucrium fruticans’ (Select Form) gray foliage and periwinkle-blue flowers.

Blooms June–October.

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

Hardy to zone 7.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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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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