Remember when Verbena bonariensis was the new must-have plant? Now it's everywhere, and rightly so, it's a fantastic plant in so many ways. It stands up to strong winds, self-seeds everywhere (a plus in my opinion) it's tall yet you can see through it etc. etc. I predict the next must-have plant will be Cephalaria gigantea. It shares many of the attributes of Verbena bonariensis, yet it hasn't reached the popular garden centres yet, and consequently it only seems to feature in a minority of gardens. I discovered the plant about ten years ago growing at the Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire, and was taken with its height and cheerful lemony blooms, similar to a scabious in form. I've started to build up a collection and Mum is propagating them successfully. In my garden they are still flowering well, although I noticed some in local gardens flowering in June, much earlier than mine. If you see any in your local garden centre, give them a go. Mine have survived two very harsh winters, and like the sunny position they've been granted.
|Note: This is just one plant!|