A small genus of about 20 species native to the Northern Hemisphere. The ornamental species hail from the southeastern United States, but many are as enduring in Litchfield's bone-chilling winters as they are in Atlanta's sultry summers. Our variety, which a member of our staff spotted while walking through a greenhouse full of A. tabernaemontana, is a very compact plant with clusters of star-shaped flowers of a deep lavender-blue shade -- much richer than the steel blue for which the species is known. This low grower makes an ideal edging plant, for it has no down time. Blue flowers in May and June, golden yellow fall color, and shiny, willow-shaped leaves all season long mean it deserves a place at center stage. In full sun or partial shade and evenly moist, slightly acidic soil, it brings a soothing presence to the front of the border year after year and asks little in return. It's a first-rate garden plant.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Aunt Linny from Columbus, OH
This plant is covered with beautiful blue flowers in spring and the foliage looks fresh all through the growing season turning a lovely clear yellow in fall. Informal, slightly wild appearance, but not messy or spindly. Holds a prominent place in my bed bordering a stone walkway.
Tricia runs the house from Yardley, PA
I planted about three plants at the front of a shallow (3 ft. Deep) garden area in full sun. They flowered and were very pretty. Every year after that, they have spread. Reliable and attractive I shared with a neighbor. The roots are pretty tough when transplanting. You really need a shovel. And we get a a lot of browsing by deer but they don't bother with this flower.
Easy to grow in full sun or partial shade and evenly moist, slightly acidic soil. Golden fall foliage color is probably most vibrant in full sun. Plants rarely if ever need dividing.