Ligularia

This moisture-loving member of the Asteraceae family is native to most of eastern Asia and named for its “tongue-shaped” leaves. Whether planted as a specimen or en masse in a semishaded border, on the forest’s edge or by water, Ligularia will dazzle onlookers with its lush foliage and showy flowers

The scrumptious and bold gathering of huge kidney-shaped coarsely toothed leaves, each spanning over a foot across, adopts a swank dark chocolaty maroon polish. Manifesting purple undersides, the lavish foliage needs morning sun to retain its rich coloration, otherwise they turn more green as summer progresses. Hefty purplish black stems hoist daring golden orange daisy-like flowers about a foot aloft the lush leafy foundation. This tropical-looking ‘Othello’ sport emphasizes extraordinary texture, thwarts those pesky deer and luxuriates in cool moist recesses with shelter from hot afternoon sun. (PP#16,113)

Blooms July–August

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Stately yellow flower spikes on slender black stems tower above the handsome, palmately cut, dark green foliage of this elegant Chinese native. Impressive yet undemanding, try planting it with Aruncus ‘Zweiweltenkind’.

Blooms July–August.

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

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Ligularia stenocephala</i> ‘The Rocket’

While stenocephala refers to the “narrow-headed flower,” ‘The Rocket’ sums up even better the form of this Ligularia, as well as the charged energy it inspires. The large leaves are kelly-green, heart-shaped, and feature coarsely serrated margins. Strong shoots emerge in the spring, which unfurl to create an underlayer of verdant leaves for the clear yellow racemes to blast through on their way to altitudes of 5 ft. Striking and easily grown, it will sparkle in a wooded setting with Rodgersia nearby, or at water’s edge.

Blooms July–August.

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

Hardy to zone 5.

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Amazing Achilleas, Invigorate your summer plantings!

Amazing Achilleas…. These sturdy, dependable perennials produce small indivdual blooms that populate broad, flat flower heads, lending welcome horizontal elements to any garden bed. Ideal for bouquets, fresh or dried, the long-lasting blossoms range in color from alabaster to soft yellow and gold, as well as terracotta, pink and sassy red. Cut back their flowers in midsummer and enjoy a fall encore! Spicy scented, attractive fern-like green or gray-tinged foliage cloaks their strong straight stems. Slowly spreading and somewhat drought tolerant, Yarrow seem to thrive on neglect. They can handle low soil fertility plus coastal wind and salt spray. Be sure to check out our diverse on-line Achillea selections!

Invigorate your summer plantings.… A few simple maintenance techniques will help plants appear fresh throughout the upcoming dog days of summer. The addition of a chipped bark mulch or well-rotted compost, applied as a top-dressing, not only reduces water requirements, but generally makes it easier for plants to maintain perky looking leaves and vigorous habits. A July or early August trimming of long-blooming perennials, such as Nepetas and most Geraniums ensures myriad flowers that will keep on coming ‘til the first frost. Featured in this newsletter, you’ll find the fabulous plants that caught my eye as Boobah and I took our morning walk through the nursery and adjacent display borders this past week. Hopefully, you’ll have room to ensconce several of them in a well-traveled spot. Happy Digging!

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