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Scutellaria

Skullcap

Late in the season, after the charming hooded blooms have faded, pairs of scallop-shaped, warmly colored seed capsules, resembling small inverted skullcaps, add intriguing detail to these Mint family members. Our easy-to-grow selections appreciate a sunny, quick-draining site, and happily mingle with medium-sized Euphorbias, Diascias and Nepetas.

The species originates in the mountains of southern Europe and Russia, and this ‘Moonbeam’s lush and low bushy mat of scalloped, ovate green-gray leaves is an excellent foil for its crowded clusters of light yellow blooms. Trailing stems turn upward and, at their tips, Snapdragon-like flowers form a four-sided raceme.

Requiring well drained soil and shade during hot afternoons, this little treasure goes well in a container, or in the rockery with Edraianthus graminifolius and Origanum libanoticum.

Blooms May–September.

Size: 10" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Scutellaria resinosa</i> ‘Smoky Hills’

Legendary for its tenacious ability to conquer hot sunny niches, this engaging well-groomed Kansas denizen was introduced by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. Small, oval-shaped pubescent gray-green leaves and branching, upright square stems cushion a showy, long-lasting display of tubular deep blue-violet flowers, each highlighted with 2 small white streaks. Relishing minimal fertility plus sharp drainage, ‘Smoky Hills’ is second-to-none when massed as a low mounding ground cover that readily enhances borders, meadows, rock gardens and native plantings while warding off the bunnies.

Blooms May|ndash;July

Size: 6" – 12" high x 10" – 14" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

For its tidy swath of dark pink infill, the masses of Snapdragon-like blooms adorning the diminutive, glossy green foliage of ‘Texas Rose’ get our vote. With a dainty, yet durable, low profile, it makes an endearing addition to the rockery, or along a pathway nestled amidst Dianthus ‘Mendlesham Maid’ and Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’.

Blooms mid-June–mid-October.

Size: 4" – 6" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

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Ornamental Grasses: October All-Stars, Appealing American Natives

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Celebrated late season all-stars....

 

Offering superb versatility and non-coddle habits plus welcome deer resistance, the attributes of ornamental grasses are many! Most grasses are equally comfortable in formal or informal venues, and can be utilized as ground-covers, stand-alone specimens or for large-scale swaths. They are best situated so their shimmering inflorescences are backlit and set aglow by the afternoon sun. Bathed in amber, silver and sable colors, or smoky rose and violet shades, the graceful blooms become poetry in motion on gusty days. Apart from their kinetic appeal, many flowers and seed heads provide much-needed nourishment for birds along with bedding for their nests. Striking autumn color can be found among the blade-like foliage of Andropogon, Panicum and Schizachyrium, which splash purple, fiery red, and orange accents, while some Molinia radiate bright buttery yellows. Floral designers have long appreciated both their flowers and foliage in fresh or dried arrangements. Be sure to browse our online selections of ornamental grasses.

Ornamental grasses make commanding partners for American natives...

In hopes of showing the unique ambience that ornamental grasses impart, we decided to interweave a few of their images with some of our favorite American natives. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to usher some of these featured selections into your October garden.

 

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