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Banana Custard Mullein

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.

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.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Our featured plant: Eupatorium purpureum

Statuesque Eupatoriums, Aster All-Stars, Late Summer Shipping!

Beloved by bees and butterflies...

Eupatorium, commonly called Joe-Pye Weed, is an easily grown, dignified North American denizen. Its large, hazy-looking broad domes of clustered rosy purple flowers crown sturdy, straight-up wine-tinted stems with textural deep green leaves that are presented in loosely spaced whorls. Lending handsome mass to meadow plantings and either the middle or back of the border, they can also be grouped or planted singularly along pond and stream edges, as well as woodland peripheries. Joe-Pye Weed appreciates sun or bright shade, good air circulation plus fertile adequately moist soil. Favored by bees and butterflies and perfect for cut arrangements, its fluffy blooms later broadcast mulled cocoa shades then morph into attractive seed heads, which nourish finches and tits. Eupatorium ‘Gateway’ struts a bushier more compact stature, while the straight species boasts a mighty sky-bound stance.

Aster’s cheerful daisy faces....

plus the profusion of colors and sizes that make up this genus promise lots of flower power when other perennials have tuckered out. Invaluable for summer and fall gardens, our no-fuss Aster offerings are tried-and-true performers in sunny locales with average soil and moderate moisture. Cherished by plant aficionados, flower arrangers, song birds and pollinators, many Aster cultivars work well in either formal or informal venues and can be tucked into stylized meadows, cottage gardens and borders Please feel free to peruse our additional on-line Aster selections. 

Sprinkled amidst the Asters, we’ve included Hydrangea ‘Limelight’s conical creamy white trusses, the mesmerizing fine-textured foliage of Sorbaria ‘Sem’ plus a handful of other perennials that add late summer appeal.   

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