Globe thistle's bristling balls of purple-blue are all show - only prickly in appearance but not to touch. The showy spheres bloom mid-summer into fall, then grey into winter interest. The wealth of pointed green leaves give rise to upright stalky stems, for back of border height. These cool blooms are a favourite complement to hotter summer and fall blooming companions. An easy, drought tolerant perennial!
Technical stuff – Globe thistle/Echinops, hardy perennial to zone 3, height of 2' - 4' and spread of 1' - 2', full sun, blooms mid-summer into fall, drought tolerant, does come in a white blooming version too.
Leaves are swirling, more on the ground then the trees…but autumn glory is still all around! Barberry and burning bush berries are plumping. Rosehips are ripening. Sedum and calendula display glorious bloom despite hard frosts. Darkened bark, and frost-killed leaves offer sharp contrast. Some brave and hardy perennials, like sedum angelina, still glow green.
Suddenly there appeared two spires of creamy blooms, shooting up from amongst my lavender and sage. A bonus foxglove until now hidden in my veggie garden - cupped blossoms with maroon freckles, such a treat in October! Self-seeding can be a wondrous windfall (literally!). Read more about foxgloves by clicking here.