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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.

While the native species roams the meadows, open woodlands and shady stream banks and roadsides of the eastern U.S., this new easily grown white-flowering cultivar will illuminate the bright shadows of your garden. Openly arranged, tubular pearl-hued flowers with a hood-like upper lip, light green bracts and plenty of pollinator allure distinguish glimmering 6 in. terminal racemes. Softened by ultrafine downy gray hairs, the dense bushy habit forms an attractive small colony of erect square green stems clothed in ovate, round-toothed smoky-green leaves with pointed tips and a bitter taste that keeps bunnies and deer at bay.

Blooms mid June–August

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 12" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<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–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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These easily grown US natives,...

are among our favorite white-blooming deciduous shrubs. Their broad handsome leaves showcase immense, long-lasting summer blooms, which illuminate partly shaded alcoves plus fresh or dried cut arrangements. Well-suited for mixed plantings, shrubby borders and woodland peripheries, they can be planted as easily grown specimens or massed, providing a dazzling pearlescent effect plus a dark leafy textural foil. Both Hydrangeas appreciate adequate moisture, good drainage, an organic-rich top dressing and protection from hot afternoon sun. The Oakleaf Hydrangeas can tolerate sunnier exposures, though need winter shelter in Zone 5 regions, especially when young, while Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ may die back to the ground during harsh winter weather. You may wish to check out our other online Hydrangea offerings, especially our selection of Hydrangea quercifolias.

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