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Isoplexis canariensis
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Isoplexis canariensis

Isoplexis

<i>Isoplexis canariensis</i> <i>Isoplexis canariensis</i>

Forging a bold impression, this architectural beauty combines winsome, dark evergreen foliage on thick red-hued stems and foot long, noble spires in enticing autumn shades. Beneath a floral glow of gold, copper and orange, the large, downward-curving leaves are pointed, leathery and toothed, achieving an open, yet stiffly erect shrublike foundation that eventually becomes woody. Densely arranged, arching hooded flowers with three lower petals garnish the long blooming torches, casting their uniquely warm chroma on Melianthus major’s icy blue profile to great effect. Related to Digitalis and endemic to the Canary Islands, Isoplexis canariensis is a stately, medium-sized specimen for the mixed border requiring protection right around 25° and judicious trimming as it regenerates very slowly.

Blooms late May–October.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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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