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Russian Hibiscus

Kitaibela vitifolia

Kitaibela

<i>Kitaibela vitifolia</i>

Indigenous to the damp meadows and grasslands from Slovenia to Macedonia, this robust, fast-growing perennial honors the famous Hungarian botanist Paul Kitaibel, who was born in 1757. Kitaibela vitifolia’s grand clump of tall white-haired stalks forges a stately presence with large, lush, Grape-style deep green leaves distinguished by triangular pointed lobes, coarsely toothed margins and long petioles. Its handsome bushy verdure cushions clustered, 2 in. wide, white to tender pink, up-tilted, Mallow-like blooms, each premiering artful 5-pointed stars formed when green calyces appear between the spaced petals. Ideal at the back of the border in somewhat moist, but well-drained soil, carefree Russian Hibiscus can accompany Centaurea ruthenica and Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’.

Blooms July–September

Size: 5' 0" – 6' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Our Featured Plant: Crocosmia ‘Zeal Tan’

Captivating Crocosmias, Plants that Dodge to Dog Days of Summer, 2020 T-shirst have arrived!

Captivating Crocosmias!

Crocosmias boast a bounty of late summer color as our gardens transition into autumn. Displayed on the ends of gracefully arching spikes above winsome sword-like leaves, the clustered tubular flowers range from yellow, peach and orange to fire-engine red. The prismatic tones meld well with white-flowering Hydrangeas and perennials such as Selinium wallichianum, Actaea simplex 'Atropurpurea', Alcea 'Polarstar' or Aster 'Bridal Veil'. The yellow and melon shades sparkle amid the blue blossoms of Aconitum, Caryopteris 'Longwood Blue', Perovskia 'Blue Steel' and  Aster 'Little Carlow'. For sizzling fun you could create a hot border, intermingling them with Kniphofia 'Bee's Sunset', Helenium 'Potter's Wheel' or Helianthemum 'Fire Dragon'. Be sure to add some to your next cut arrangement!

Commonly known as Montbretia, they do their best when provided with good drainage, moderate moisture and some protection from hot afternoon sun. Please feel free to check out our extensive collection of Crocosmia cultivars in the perennial section of our online catalog.

Dodge the Dog Days of summer….

with plants that pack a punch of blooms and alluring leaves at this time of year. By late August, our borders can look a tad tired and may be in need of some sprucing up. Adequate moisture and an additional application of compost will ensure late summer vitality. You can trim perennials, such as Nepetas and Geraniums, and savor their fresh new growth plus a flourish of blooms, often until the first frost! We hope some of the plants featured in this newsletter lift your spirits and maybe even inspire a little awe as summer wanes. 

All of us Digging Dog plant wranglers wish you Happy Digging and good health.

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