This charming New Zealand evergreen subshrub is ideal for intimate garden spaces, filling in and blending with many other types of plants. In early summer, the tidy fine textured mound of thin wine-colored branches and tiny, dark green glossy leaves is completely whitened by spires of delicate blossoms, each centered with a pink-ringed chartreuse eye.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 12" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Parahebe catarractae (lavender form)</i>

After just one close glance at its dainty upright clusters of petite, lilac-hued flowers set off by magenta-streaked petals and white and crimson centers, you’ll find this adorable plant hard to resist. Small oval leaves, lustrous and prominently toothed, neatly line wine-hued stems, fashioning a dwarf low spreading mound that can be situated amid Heuchera ‘Weston Pink’ and Geranium ‘Melinda’.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 12" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Parahebe linifolia</i>

Graham Stuart Thomas referred to the Parahebes as ‘little treasures’, and once you get to know this charming New Zealand native you’ll see why. Forming an easygoing, dense semishrubby plant, princely pairs of serrated deep green leaves, polished and narrow, extend from reddish stems that respond well to pruning. Unbelievably profuse and long blooming, the tiny, white cupped flowers are a study in delicacy, each with a green eye and magenta ring, while populating loosely arranged terminal clusters.

Roses, Geranium ‘Orion’ and Hydrangea ‘Enziandom’ spill over an unshorn evergreen hedge of Parahebe linifolia in our garden for a flowery summer time gala.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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Helianthus 'Sheila's Sunshine', Persicaria 'Summer Dance', and Selinum wallichianum

Helianthus ‘Sheila’s Sunshine - P-0461

The sunflower was once an emblem of the Sun God of the Incas. Our sunflowers tolerate a wide range of garden soils, attract bees, and make great cut flowers. Blooms early August – October.

Persicaria ‘Summer Dance’ - P-1312

With foliage that’s close to lime-green, and spiky floral tails that approach the scarlet spectrum of rosy pink, this slow spreading perennial is sure to please. Happiest in semishade with ample moisture. Blooms August–November.

Selinum wallichianum - P-1406

This refined Himalayan beauty happens to be one of our favorite perennial umbellifers. With untold elegance, infinitely divided leaves craft a delicate, lacelike transparency. The compact yet airy green canopy is framed by distinctive, purple-infused branching stems that elevate a charming, late season display of white flattened umbels.

Subduing the riotous array of summertime blooms, it seldom needs staking, and appreciates a well draining moist niche. Blooms June–August.

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