Red Valerian

Centranthus

From the ruins of Europe and the chalky cliffs of Dover to your garden’s refuge, this age-old Mediterranean perennial is second-to-none for long showy summertime bloom. Clothed with glaucous and paired, stem-less blue-green leaves that the Sicilians once savored in their salads, the handsome bushy clump entices us with minute, deep carmine-red fragrant florets densely arranged in domed, cut-flower-perfect terminal clusters.

Whether it’s situated on slopes, amid stone walls, terrace cracks or the border, the boldly colored Red Valerian can endure most conditions except damp shade, and especially thrives in alkaline soil with little or moderate moisture. A good pruning ensures a repeat bloom, maintains a pleasing shape and prevents self-seeding.

Blooms June – October.

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

Hardy to zone 5.

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Helianthus ‘Sheila’s Sunshine - P-0461

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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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