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Sweet Pea Shrub

Polygalax dalmaisiana

Polygalax

<i>Polygalax dalmaisiana</i>

An assumed cross between 2 South African species, P. oppositifolia and P. myrtifolia, this fast growing, bushy evergreen shrub captivates gardeners, hummingbirds and florists with ornate terminal racemes of vibrant, rosy magenta pea-like blossoms. Characterized by 2 winged petals surrounding a frilly-looking white-based purple crest, the floriferous gala continues nonstop from summer ’til frost, lasting nearly year round in milder coastal areas. Tasteful gray-green leaves—small, ovate, narrow and deer-resistant—cloak the rounded somewhat open frame that appreciates a late winter cutback to ensure a pleasing full appearance. Sweet Pea Shrub counts the Milkworts among its kin, forbears either sun or bright shade, and adores evenly moist, well-drained abodes with winter shelter from temperatures much below 18°.

Blooms June–November

Size: 3' 0" – 5' 0" high x 4' 0" – 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

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Our Featured Plant: Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’

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Exceptional Echinops, Plants to freshen up your August garden, Saturday Strolls!

Exceptional Echinops!

The striking floral orbs sport either frosty white, cobalt blue or metallic-blue shades, while perched atop sturdy erect stems with handsome jagged-edged foliage. Cherished by pollinators, floral designers and gardeners alike, Echinops thrive in sunny, well-drained niches, though are tolerant of poor soil as well as rock-strewn or sandy sites. These undemanding European natives are perfect candidates for a formal border, cottage garden, meadow-style planting or a cut arrangement. Be sure to check out our online Echinops offerings.

Cool colors for your summer plantings….

Icy white, pale pink and chartruese shades perk up our August borders, while effortlessly blending with just about any color imaginable. These composed hues provide our eyes with bright, yet soothing focal points and an overall beat-the-heat ambience! Some of our cool-down favorites include: Echinops, Sidalcea ‘Elsie Heugh’  Euphorbia mellifera, Kniphofia ‘Green Jade’, Phlox ‘David’ and Tanacetum ‘Isla Gold’. I’ve also featured a handful of richer-toned flowers that I discovered on my early morning walk today. We hope you’ll try sprinkling a few of these perennials amid your landscapes and enjoy both their tranquil or more spirited effects.

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