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Giant kale

Crambe cordifolia

Looking like a tall baby's-breath, giant kale creates a beautiful cloud of tiny white flowers that seem to float as much as 8 feet above surrounding flowers.

Also known as colewort, it is an imposing perennial with huge leaves up to 15 inches in diameter, which contrast with the tiny white flowers produced in late spring to midsummer. The plant needs moist soil to prevent it from becoming ragged looking. Even so, it may die back temporarily in the heat of summer.

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Part Sun, Sun

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8 to 20 feet

Width:

3-5 feet wide

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Zones:

4-8


how to grow Giant kale


plant Giant kale 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.

Sedum

Sedums are nearly the perfect plants. They look good from the moment they emerge from the soil in spring and continue to look fresh and fabulous all growing season long. Many are attractive even in winter when their foliage dies and is left standing. They're also drought-tolerant and need very little if any care. They're favorites of butterflies and useful bees. The tall types are outstanding for cutting and drying. Does it get better than that? Only in the fact that there are many different types of this wonderful plant, from tall types that will top 2 feet to low-growing groundcovers that form mats. All thrive in full sun with good drainage. Ground cover types do a good job of suppressing weeds, but seldom tolerate foot traffic. Some of the smaller ones are best grown in pots or treated as houseplants.

Blazing star

Valued for its unusual flower shape, blazing star sends up erect spires of usually magenta, sometimes white flowers. Emerging from grasslike foliage, the blooms make a dramatic statement in flower gardens with other perennials, annuals, or even shrubs. Well-drained but moisture-retentive soil is a must for this prairie native.

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