Heliotropium amplexicaule

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Heliotropium amplexicaule

Hardy Heliotrope

This is a great plant for Oklahoma gardens! I got it three years ago from Bustani Plant Farm and have never seen it any place else. It grows about 8-12″ high, blooms and blooms, takes heat and drought. I keep cutting it back all summer to keep it in a space about 3′ x 3′. It has self-seeded a bit, and I have transplanted it with success but it’s not that easy to dig up as it seems to have only a tap root.

Symphytum × uplandicum

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Symphytum × uplandicum

Russian Comphrey

This wonderful herbaceous perennial plant came to me by way of my friend Melissa in Taos. Evidently, it is happy in USDA Zones 2-9.   It is BIG and BOLD and already about 4 feet tall.  It has purple, magenta-pink flowers.  Last year I took a shovel to it and transplanted a chunk.  It did great and I will probably do that again this weekend.

Achillea Millefolium ‘Moonshine’

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Achillea Millefolium ‘Moonshine’

Yarrow

Yarrow is an easy perennial. It will take heat and drought. It is just starting to bloom and will continue to bloom to mid-August. I deadhead it after the first flush to get stronger blooms in mid-late summer. It gets full sun in my garden but would be fine with partial shade. This one has a grey-green foliage, and there is even a petite ‘Little Mooshine’ that is a bit smaller. Hardy in Zones 4-8.

Lamium maculatum ‘Pink Chablis’

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Lamium maculatum ‘Pink Chablis’

Lamium Pink Chablis

Sometimes called Dead Nettle, this lovely perennial 4-6″high groundcover with silver/green variegated leaves is beautiful when not in bloom; add the small light-pink flowers and its spectacular until fall. It blooms all summer and can be cut back any time to keep in check. Mine is planted in morning sun and has reliably returned for three years. ‘Pink Chablis is a patented Proven Winner selection.