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GARDEN TIME with DOUG – 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year


Many of you may not know that every year the Perennial Plant Association selects a perennial to highlight.  The chosen perennial is voted on by hundreds of growers, designers, and perennial plant geeks.  The winner is a good plant that is hardy in a wide range of the country, with few pests, very hardy with outstanding growth characteristics.  This year Stachys ‘Hummelo’ is the winner.

Here are some of the plant characteristics that led to Stachys ‘Hummelo’ being chosen:

  • Stachys is hardy in our area (zone 7). It has lavender flowers that appear on dense 2-foot spikes above its foliage. ‘Hummelo’ means bumblebee in German, an indicator of the attractiveness of the plant to our pollinators.
  • Stachys is a perennial that loves to be planted in full sun to partial shade.  So, it is good to plant in the front of a border.
  • One strong popularity aspect of Stachys is that it is deer resistant, which means a lot to many of you folks in the Richmond area who have to deal with deer.  And, as I stated earlier Stachys has few if any pests.

Here at The Great Big Greenhouse, we pride ourselves with the fact that all of our perennials come from Virginia growers. Here is how Sandy’s Plants describes Stachys ‘Hummelo’: 19–24″ x 24.”  Large, rounded clumps of elongated, bright green, textured leaves that are NOT fuzzy. Sturdy spikes of rosy purple blooms flowering from late spring to midsummer. Prefer average, well-drained soil. Easy to grow.”

Come see our perennial selection.  We are proud of our selection this time of year.


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