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Verbascum

Verbascum

Mullein

This genus has a host of common names, including “Beggar’s Blanket” and “Old Man’s Flannel.” In England, the very poor used to put the thick leaves into their shoes for warmth. Although most of the more than 300 species are biennials, our offerings are predominately perennials. Though some are dwarfs and some are giants, nearly all have fuzzy stamens and prefer very well-drained sandy or rocky soil. We like to use them in the border or rock garden as specimens or en masse for a meadow-style planting.

Verbascum chaixii ‘Sixteen Candles’ (P-1287)

Each $8.25

AVAILABLE MID-OCTOBER 2021

<i>Verbascum chaixii</i> ‘Sixteen Candles’

Grounded by gray-green rosettes, these upstanding candelabras of copious violet-eyed sunshine-hued blooms stage a truly incandescent spectacle. Irregular scallops, net-veining and long petioles define its dynamic large basal leaves. Preferring a somewhat dry, well-drained site, ‘Sixteen Candles’s proud yellow floral towers command attention alongside Nepeta reichenbachiana.

Blooms June–August

Size: 3-1/4' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Verbascum chaixii</i> ‘Wedding Candles’

Luminous tapers unfurl droves of tightly set pure white flowers centered by fleecy purple filaments and bright orange anthers. The flat-faced blooms shine above wrinkled grayish green leaves. Conveying a bright floral lift all summer long, this undemanding perennial can be sited in drier garden areas with Achillea x schwellenberg and Eryngium "Blue Glitter".

Blooms June–August

Size: 3' 0" – 3-1/2' high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Verbascum</i> ‘Clementine’

When British plant breeders, Vic Johnstone and Claire Wilson, developed more than a thousand hybrids utilizing various wild Verbascum species, they chose only the best dozen seedlings and dubbed them ‘The Riverside Hybrids’; this splendid toasty hued prodigy was one of them. Sprouting from handsome rippled green basal leaves, numerous, well-branched straight stems bolster burgundy flushed button-like buds on tall floral spikes.

Large and luscious, wide-open coppery orange flowers, festooned with a central cluster of woolly light violet filaments, lend warm vertical accents to Allium ‘Gladiator’.

Blooms July – August.

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Verbascum</i> ‘Gainsborough’

This Verbascum’s hushed colors are soothing to the senses and easy to blend with other perennials. Centered by delicate orange stamens, the cupped, dusky primrose-yellow flowers and cream-colored buds squeeze onto numerous branched candelabra-style spires. Downy gray leaves converge at the base of the statuesque presentation, while Echinops ‘Arctic Glow’s snow-white spheres make a pleasing counterpoint.

Blooms July–August

Size: 4' 0" – 4-1/2' high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

A felted biennial rosette of ample, grayish green ripple-edged foliage unleashes spectacular 6 ft. tall luminous flowering stalks. The crowded, blunt-tipped stout stems house fuzzy, round silver buds and large saucer-shaped blossoms bathed in soft custard yellow hues with orange anthers. These long blooming, multibranched beauties are some of the last flowers to grace our mixed border, delivering glowing vertical accents ‘til October’s end.

Blooms July–October.

Size: 6' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Verbascum nigrum</i> ‘Album’ <i>Verbascum nigrum</i> ‘Album’

With flower panicles reaching over 3 ½ ft. tall, ‘Album’ is truly dramatic. Its myriad white flowers are tinged with crimson at the base of each petal and accented by golden-orange stamens. The large basal leaves are coarse, deep green and textured. Their undulating margins, and often their stems, are tinted a dark burgundy color.

Blooms July–August

Size: 4' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Verbascum olympicum</i>

A remarkable perennial of Olympian proportions, Candlewick originates in Europe’s Bithynian Mountains. Large, felted, wavy-edged leaves form a huge, silvery basal rosette that lasts through the winter. In summer, woolly “candles” branch out at the base, and soar skyward with cheerful clusters of bright yellow flowers. Outstanding as a feature plant in a shrubby Mediterranean border, this monumental Mullein appreciates a dry spot.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Verbascum phoeniceum</i> ‘Flush of White’

Studded with yellow-eyed pure white blooms, slender flowering spikes herald a niveous display anchored by the tidy compact rosette of ripple-edged green foliage. ‘Flush of White’s uniform snowy coloration is unusual for a Verbascum, while its smaller stance becomes an added bonus where space is limited.

Blooms May–August

Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/2' high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Verbascum phoeniceum</i> ‘Rosetta’

Bejeweled in pretty carmine-pink hues, ‘Rosetta’s prismatic floral fete unfurls all summer long above an undemanding comely basal clump of crimpled dark green leaves. The tall flowering spires are adorned with sumptuous, gold-centered, saucer-shaped blossoms that create a head-turning color echo amid the vivacious hues of Phygelius ‘New Sensation’ and Liatris ‘Floristan Violett’.

Blooms May–August

Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/2' high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Verbascum phoeniceum</i> ‘Violetta’

As a precursor to the royal floral show of this delicate Mullein, enchanting buds swell, resembling tiny, dark silk cushions. A deep green, flat rosette of oval-shaped, crinkled leaves provides an attractive foil for the airy and richly colored flowering spires. Illuminated by gilt stamens, papery purple blooms are flat-faced and look fabulous in arrangements. Self-seeding easily, and shorter in stature than many Verbascum species, ‘Violetta’ is perfect for more intimate spaces.

Blooms May–August

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Verbascum</i> ‘Pink Domino’

Romantic shades of rose-pink and salmon dress up these dark-eyed saucer-shaped blooms. Standing straight and tall, the lovely spikes rise from a rich green, purple-streaked, ripply rosette. Sprinkle among Monarda ‘Purple Rooster’ and Eryngium ‘Big Blue’ for divergent flower forms and an unrivaled feminine touch.

Blooms June–August

Size: 4' 0" – 4-1/2' high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Verbascum ‘White Domino’ (P-1621)

Each $8.75

AVAILABLE SPRING 2022

A stately stand of tall branched racemes laden with large, cupped white blooms distinguishes this new Verbascum cultivar. Fuzzy basal foliage, steeped in soft smoky greens, launches the sparkling display that shows a lively splash of color when reddish purple floral filaments appear.

Blooms June–August

Size: 3-1/4' – 4' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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Vivacious Viburnums……

Endemic to both Asia and North America, this vast group of graceful cold-hardy shrubs includes more than 150 species and numerous cultivars that are moderate to fast-growing. Our reliable Viburnum offerings sprout dashing deciduous or evergreen foliage with an array of leaf shapes and textures. Their gorgeous flowers unfurl in either a lace-cap style or dome shape, with  species such as V. carlesii and V. x burkwoodii wafting a delectable scent. Many don lustrous bird-friendly fruit, ranging from red to dark purple to black, while others blaze with autumn color. Preferring sun or part shade, these undemanding shrubs can be ensconced in large containers and shrubby borders, or featured as a stellar specimen, clipped into an  informal dense hedge or planted in a drift.

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As November draws to a close, a quieter mood prevails in our gardens. Many perennials are either dormant or getting ready for their winter’s rest. Though, some of the more stalwart ones, especially those that are located in protected spots still present a foliar aspect plus a handful of blooms. The blades and dried buff or silver-laced inflorescences of quite a few ornamental grasses thankfully remain standing, providing movement and delightful rustling sounds. Many deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees continue to hold our interest either with fall color, artful bark and branching patterns or year-round foliage. The plants that we chose for this newsletter captured my attention, as I was strolling with my trusty canine cohort, Boobah this past week.

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