Phlomis russeliana is a wonderful architectural perennial that will add a vertical accent to the garden, and have everyone asking you what it is! Rising from a clump of large heart shaped leaves, the square stems produce whorls of pale yellow, pea-like flowers in June. The dried stalks and seed pods turn chocolate brown in the Winter, often catching the snow like small pagodas. I like to use the stems in pots, along with cut branches of holly, for Winter accents. It self seed readily, but if you have enough room, masses of them can make quite a dramatic statement!
Phlomis in a South-facing border surrounded by Artemesia, Hemerocallis, and Euphorbia. Winter seed pods, held up by strong, square stems, catch the early morning frost on a cold January day.
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