Bee on purple stem of lavender flower.  Plant Profile:  Lavender

Plant Profile: Lavender

There is no denying the charm of lavender. The fragrance alone brings to mind idyllic images of meandering walkways bordered by the aromatic, silvery foliage. The musky scent of purple flowers on long, slender stems drying in a forgotten kitchen window. Very few plants can evoke such emotion and take you to places you’ve longed to visit.

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Single white Rose of Sharon flower.  Plant Profile:  'White Pillar' Rose of Sharon

Plant Profile: ‘White Pillar’ Rose of Sharon

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d choose Rose of Sharon to spotlight.  But, the more familiar I become with White Pillar®, the more taken I am with its simplicity and elegance.  Sure, it’s easy to ignore these summer-blooming behemoths — I’ve been ignoring them for years!  They were always the last plant I ever took a customer to see when they were wanting blooms in the summer. 

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Closeup of purple flower spike with light green background. Plant Profile: Stachys monieri 'Hummelo'

Plant Profile:  Stachys monieri Hummelo

There are times when incredible plants are lackluster in their containers. Hummelo Stachys is one of those plants. 

Planted in a landscape, Hummelo holds the anticipation of bright pink flowers. Its glossy green foliage, low growing, concealing the ground. But the plants at the garden center are often only a handful of low-growing leaves. 

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