Long known as an important herbaceous healer, Angelica dignifies the border with its strongly sculptural presence. Many members of this genus are three-year biennials, and in the first year, a mass of coarse leaves provide lush infill, which softens the spires of spiky perennials. In the second year, strong stalks host bold umbels that command attention in the garden or in an arrangement. If you cut the blooms before the seed sets, you might be rewarded with flowers for three or even four years. Angelica thrives in a moist, well drained spot.
The floriferous namesake of St. Michael the Archangel, who is supposed to have revealed its power to battle the plague, Angelica archangelica’s luxuriant, tropical-looking foliage makes a dramatic entrance each spring as leaves unfurl to a length of 2 to 3 ft. Flower buds of mauve, strikingly set against its deeply divided bright green verdure, herald the imposing lime-tinted white flowers surmounting thick, erect stalks. This Angelica’s aromatic young shoots have long been used as a flavoring in sweet confections.
Size: 5' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
Painted in bold tones of deep plum, the round buds open into extraordinary domed flowers that reach an astonishing 8 in. across and, set against burly, freely branching burgundy stems and vigorous green foliage, have a dark allure. Give this Korean native plenty of room as it rockets skyward. Penstemon ‘Raven’ provides an echo of bloom color while delivering vertical contrast.
Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
The sizable rounded mound of this Angelica‘s lustrous dark green foliage looks like a parsley plant on steroids. Endemic to New Zealand, its copious deeply fingered leaves offer handsome deer resistant support to the fanciful and fragrant snowy umbels that crown strong stalks. Growing as an undemanding somewhat short-lived perennial, but offering up seedlings as a consolation, Angelica pachycarpa‘s bold leaves bring fantastic architecture to a good-sized con- tainer or the border, especially when grouped with Actaea, ‘Brunette’ or Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’.
Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.