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Lamb's-ears

Stachys

Lamb's-ears is a top pick for a groundcover in a hot, baked spot. Its silver felted foliage quickly forms a dense, delightful mat. It also contrasts nicely with other foliage and most flowers. enhances almost everything. Depending on the type and your growing conditions, it may self-sow freely to the point of becoming a bother. In hot humid climates, lamb's ears may "melt down" in summer, becoming brown and limp.

A quite different but related plant, big betony is worth growing for its shade tolerance, dark green crumpled leaves, and bright purple spikes of whorled 1-inch flowers in late spring. Wood betony is similar but not as shade-tolerant.

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Part Sun, Sun

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Height:

Under 6 inches to 3 feet

Width:

12-48 inches wide, depending on variety

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Zones:

4-9

how to grow Lamb's-ears

more varieties for Lamb's-ears

Betony
Betony
Stachys officinalis, also called wood betony or bishop's wort, was used by ancient healers for nearly everything from curing coughs to deworming. Today it is grown mostly to draw pollinators to the garden. The plant's attractive flowers are reddish purple and lure bees. Mature plants grow to about 2 feet tall. Zones 4-8
Big betony
Big betony
Stachys macrantha bears purple flowers from early summer to fall on 2-foot stems. Zones 5-7
'Big Ears' lamb's-ears
'Big Ears' lamb's-ears
Stachys officinalis 'Big Ears', also sold as 'Helene von Stein', is named for its extra-large fuzzy silver leaves. It seldom blooms so requires little deadheading. Mature plants grow 8-10 inches tall. Zones 3-10
'Hummelo' betony
'Hummelo' betony
Stachys monieri 'Hummelo' lights up the perennial garden with spikes of purple blooms in midsummer. Even when not in bloom, the mounded green foliage is quite attractive. Plants grow 18-24 inches tall in bloom. It is also called alpine lamb's-ears. Zones 4-8
Lamb's-ears
Lamb's-ears
Stachys byzantina has silvery felted, 6-inch-long leaves that make a soft mat. In early summer, stems bearing cerise-magenta flowers bloom. It grows 18 inches tall and is hardy in Zones 4-8.
'Rosea' betony
'Rosea' betony
Stachys officinalis 'Rosea' is a lighter pink version of common wood betony. It has the same pollinator-attracting qualities, providing a summer-long display of spires of small pink flowers above compact clumped foliage. Mature plants grow to about 2 feet tall. Zones 4-8
'Saharan Pink' betony
'Saharan Pink' betony
Stachys monieri 'Saharan Pink' is a petite version of 'Hummelo' betony with two-tone pink flowers. It grows just 1 foot tall in bloom, with a spread of about 8 inches. Deadhead spent flowers to prevent the plant from self-seeding. Zones 4-8

plant Lamb's-ears with

Black-eyed Susan
Add a pool of sunshine to the garden with a massed planting of black-eyed Susan. From midsummer, these tough native plants bloom their golden heads off in sun or light shade and mix well with other perennials, annuals, and shrubs. Tall varieties look especially appropriate among shrubs, which in turn provide support. Add black-eyed Susans to wildflower meadows or native plant gardens for a naturalized look. Average soil is sufficient for black-eyed Susans, but it should be able to hold moisture fairly well.
Daylily
Daylilies are so easy to grow you'll often find them growing in ditches and fields, escapees from gardens. And yet they look so delicate, producing glorious trumpet-shape blooms in myriad colors. In fact, there are some 50,000 named hybrid cultivars in a range of flower sizes (the minis are very popular), forms, and plant heights. Some are fragrant.The flowers are borne on leafless stems. Although each bloom lasts but a single day, superior cultivars carry numerous buds on each scape so bloom time is long, especially if you deadhead daily. The strappy foliage may be evergreen or deciduous.Shown above: 'Little Grapette' daylily
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