at Digging Dog
Looking for a bold toughie to beautify that problem area in your garden? Trachystemon orientalis may be your answer.
Whether the spot is sunny or shady, dry or moist, or over rough terrain, this Borage family member will rapidly fill it in with a thick, weed-smothering cover of handsome, coarse textured dark green leaves—hairy, immense, many up to a foot long, and heart-shaped—attached to long petioles. Heralding spring, starry blue, white-throated flowers carried on branched hairy pink stems are reminiscent of Dodecatheon blooms and make their appearance before the wavy-edged foliage bursts forth in late spring.
Its native haunts are Bulgaria and northern Turkey, and here in our garden it intermingles with Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’ and Euphorbia ‘Great Dixter’, creating a dynamic array of foliar colors and textures.
Size: 18" high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 6.
Trachystemon orientalis (P-1356)
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Dainty blooms and unfurling leaves forge an early spring treasure trove of color and texture.
In the last ten days, we’ve experienced all kinds of weather at Digging Dog, including frosty mornings, torrential downpours, deafening hail, glorious sunny 70 º afternoons and even sleet! Thankfully spring is almost here and signs of its arrival grow more evident every day. Brimming with possibility, youthful growth and pristine delicacy, the early spring garden is a fresh treasure trove of color and texture. The plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye while walking through the nursery and along the surrounding borders. Hopefully, a handful of them will spark your interest as well! All of us here at the nursery wish you a very happy spring and countless happy afternoons digging in a garden! Digging Dog's mid March 2017 Newsletter Link
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