Stachys 'Summer Romance' - BETONY 'SUMMER ROMANCE'

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"An Intrinsic Introduction! June is a romantic time of the year in the garden and this Stachys adds to it with longer spikes of pinker-purple flowers.

Very upright too. Looks nice with Monarda 'Mojo', crinkled foliage looks great all season and is deer resistant. full sun, average to moist soil" Intrinsic Perennials

Good, tough, adaptable plant with vertical structure, good garden size and great dark brown-black seedheads in fall and winter. Leaves stay more at the base, it will slowly spread to form medium-sized groundcovering mats.

Prefers average moisture (medium) and average soils, including heavier clayish soils (that are not waterlogged).

Tolerates some droughts too. In hot and humid south may appreciate half shade.

Deer and rabbit avoid it. Attracts pollinators.

This cultivar was raised as open pollinated seedling of betony 'Humello' (1.5' tall), but in comparison with it's parent, it is much higher - 2-2.5' and has longer spikes of darker purple flowers. 'Stachys 'Summer Romance'  is patented under number PP30243 and can't be propagated without permission.

Hardy in zones 4-9.

Excellent cut flower, great garden plant for sunny or half shade flower bed. Can be combined with majority of common garden perennials. It meets and overlaps with Aquilegia, earl, medium sized Phlox hybrids, early flowering Echinacea (E. pallida, Ech. tennesseensis, Ech. paradoxa), Nepeta, Oenothera, Salvia nemorosa, Penstemon or Monarda didyma hybrids. In combination with narrow-leaved grasses provides beautiful naturalistic show (combine with Sporobolus, Sesleria autumnalis or Muhlenbergia).

Pot size : square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot

Picture copyright : Intrinsic Perennial Garden, Brent Horvath