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Trollius

Globeflower

Gracing gardens since the 16th century, these marvelous blooms inspired their name, which translates to “basin” in Latin or “globe” in German. Globeflowers are undemanding perennials that look best in drifts and are the perfect choice for the waters’ edge, a boggy spot or the border, granted a moisture-retentive, organic-rich soil and shelter from hot sun. A sterling addition to bouquets, the Buttercup-like blossoms surmount straight stems above handsome, deeply divided glossy leaves and promise a long summer fling with regular deadheading.

Reminiscent of Mother-of-Pearl or King Tuts alabaster vessels, the light creamy white color that imbues these large blooms brings a quiet refinement to the garden. Layered chiffon-like petals embellish stylish cup-shaped flowers, while below deeply chiseled, glabrous green foliage grows into an attractive, moisture-loving basal clump. Developed by George Arends over 60 years ago, this exquisite cultorum hybrid can be intermingled with the chartreuse sprays of Alchemilla mollis "Robusta".

Blooms early June–mid-July

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Trollius chinensis</i> ‘Golden Queen’ <i>Trollius chinensis</i> ‘Golden Queen’

Bearing a crown of 12 or more narrow vertical petals surrounded by an outer ring of cupped soft orange sepals, this Trollius is known as the Queen of the Buttercups. Lustrous dark green leaves serrated, toothed and finely cut meld a vigorous basal clump that launches the sturdy, 3 ft. tall flowering stems in no need of staking.

Blooms June–July

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Trollius</i> x <i>x cultorum</i> ‘Cheddar’

Pale yellow, tissue-like petals fashion a chic, nearly double, shallow open cup. Casting a soft feminine mood, the sumptuous blooms pose above an attractive mound of shiny foliage carved into small sections. A Dutch introduction, ‘Cheddar’ deserves to find its way into more gardens, where it will flourish in damp open sites matched with companions such as Sanguisorba ‘Chocolate Tip’ or Geranium ‘Dark Reiter’.

Blooms June–July

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Steeped in old-world allure, the gleaming flush of lusty deep green lobed foliage coronates large double lemon-yellow globes. A 1920s selection that shares lineage with Trollius europaeus, Trollius asiaticus and Trollius chinensis, this hybrids urbane silken flowers alight tall sleek stalks, flaunting showy stamens and a composed beauty. "Lemon Queen" demands cool moist soil and easily rules a woodlands edge with confidants such as Astilbe "Perkeo" and low growing Anemones.

Blooms June–July

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

Hardy to zone 4.

Surviving the test of time, this cherished compact Trollius was first trialed at Britain’s Wisley Gardens around 1929. Poised on sturdy stems, large, dazzling yellowish orange blooms are bedecked with ornate central clusters of darker tangerine petals. ‘Orange Crest’s ebullient buttercup-like display and tasteful, deeply divided glabrous leaves crave morning sun and cool moist soil.

Blooms June–July

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Distinguished by overlapping, incurved petals bathed in cool lemon-yellows, beautiful globes gracefully alight foot long olive-green stems. A polished foliar mass grounds the bounteous one to two in. blooms. Maintaining a fresh look even when exposed to drier conditions, the large richly green leaves are rounded and divided into 5 parts with each lobed leaflet emargined by prominent teeth.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2' 0" 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 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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