I first encountered Stachys Bello Grigio a year ago in California. The common name for Stachys is Lambs Ears, which is a pretty apt description of the soft furry leaves of these plants, but none of them are as crisply white as Bello Grigio.
The last topiary I made was an owl – you can see it >>here<<. I did not love or even like the way he looked once I stuffed him with moss and planted him. So I pulled out all the plants and moss expecting to discard the rest. Except once he was empty, I loved him again.
I’m just going to say it – I’m a complete geek for all things MCM, especially the Atomic style patterns of the day. Fortunately for me, so are Joe and Angie of Ambient Wares and Joe created two amazing patterns you can download for free >here<!
All of my planters are filling in nicely, but that doesn’t stop me tweaking things here and there. Here are a couple of the planter tweaks I’ve made and an introduction to my new gardening buddy.
Meteor Shower Verbena is a new plant and a new type of plant from Proven Winners. I’ve seen it here and there at garden centers and the more I see it the more I like it.
It’s a Verbena Bonariensis bred for a more compact habit. Suggested for sun to part sun, it’s still a tall plant reaching 20-30″ in height. I like the way the blooms sit so far above the foliage, almost as if suspended above the plant. It seems to take away some of the gawkiness such a tall plant could otherwise have in a planter.