Add the WOW factor to your garden with
RHEUM PALMATUM var. TANGUTICUM’
Another favorite perennial, at one time or another, they are all my favorite!
THE BACK STORY: We saw this amazing perennial cousin to the rhubarb last year at Dragonfly Farm Nursery in their gardens. BIG, BOLD, so spikey and rugged that it almost looks dangerous! Certainly didn’t look like deer food. It looked like something that a dinosaur would crawl out from behind. I had never seen it before, and immediately wanted to have it in my garden. They didn’t have it available for sale at the time so we started checking local nurseries. We found one, planted it and it did great, growing healthy and happy. It was doing so well that when we found two more in a nursery a month later, we bought them both. (I found this top photo on google images, but when ours mature I will be able to replace it with one of my own. )
WHY YOU WANT THEM IN YOUR GARDEN: NON-STOP summer drama!
All three of ours are in different parts of the back yard, and they are different colors and sizes. These Jurasic Park looking perennials have an unususal bold, architectural effect and always surprise people.
HOW TO GROW:
We have them in areas that are fairly sunny and fairly wet most of the year. Our winter lows are often in single digits.
They are rated zone 3-9
Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade, Soil: Normal, Clay, Sandy soils, Moisture: Moist, Soil pH: Alkaline to Acid, The flower heads are tall and large, Flower Color: pink to red, Bloom Time: late spring to early summer, Foliage Color: Deep Green to Bronze
These can be grown in containers, are great in borders and in woodland and waterside areas. They are DEER & RABBIT RESISTANT. CAUTION: Harmful if eaten. These are a great specimen plant. They grow 36” -70” inches, (90 – 180 cm ) in height, and spread almost as wide. Clumps may be divided in early spring.
PS: I’m looking forward to really interesting large leave to make concrete leaf molds out of this summer. I’ll post photos. 🙂
MORE TO COME…..