at Digging Dog
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.
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.
Angelica gigas (P-0828)
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