Tall bloomers steal the spotlight in beds and borders
Bold candles of bloom rising from beds and borders are like starlets on the red carpet. You’d notice them, wouldn’t you, no matter how pressing the crowds around them? Tall, staunchly upright plants ending in an explosion of blossoms are hard to miss: Their aerial displays generate a level of excitement that ground-level blossoms just can't match.
Flower towers have other virtues. They provide a welcome contrast to the round, mounding silhouettes that predominate in most landscapes. Because they are mostly vertical, and shrink down to tidy clumps of foliage when not in bloom, tall perennials provide lots of color in very little space.
So don’t be afraid to use them. Every garden deserves at least one superstar.
A single tall plant with bold foliage brings seasonal surprise to low beds. Surround a yellow verbascum with santolina, lavender, and yarrow, or add a red kangaroo paw to a bed of low-growing succulents in blues and greens.
Fill a small garden bed with one type of tall perennial―foxgloves, for instance. Or, combine several varieties, each reaching a different height: 5- to 8-foot Pacific delphiniums behind shorter Blue Fountains delphiniums, for example.
Plant them against a wall at the back of a border. Or use them to define a personal retreat.
These seven whopper perennials are surefire attention-getters.