The Greek name for this genus, which means “to give a taste of,” only hints at the flavor of happiness it brings to our garden. The cheerful flowers are held on sturdy stems above attractive basal clumps of fuzzy leaves. Given good drainage and ample moisture, these robust perennials thrive with minimal care.
Plucked from an endemic British stand, this 1923 selection touts a superior upright countenance and an enticing flower hue that’s hard to describe. We say the pendent flared semidouble blooms are cinnabar—spicy reddish-orange shades with dusky-rose undertones—as they unfurl amid decorative maroon calyces and slender branching mahogany-colored stems. Appreciating cool wet areas and protection from hot afternoon sun, ‘Leonard’s Variety’s handsome compact clump of lobed bright green basal leaves draws butterflies but not deer or other pests, plus lends ravishing accents to rockeries, meadow plantings and cottage gardens.
Size: 18" high x 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 6.
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