Day 30: Phlomis russeliana

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Few plants beat Phlomis russeliana for architectural interest, a spectacle through spring and summer with yellow flowers appearing in tiers around metre-tall, square-profiled stems, but a total star in the border through autumn and winter. Now, the structure of the flower is revealed in all its geometric complexity, individual cells surely making a perfect shelter for any small bug finding themselves left out in the cold. Easy to grow, super hardy, and pretty much trouble free. What do you mean, you’re not growing it?

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