Phlomis Russelliana, Ophiopogon, Geranium Himalayense

Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 3,790

I have just come home from a wonderful, annual plant sale and have purchased the above plants.  If anyone can pass on their knowledge or pictures of these plants in flower, I would be very grateful.  I would love to see how they will look when they mature if they survive in our garden. Thanks.



  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 2,677

    Phlomis is lovely but I found it only lasted about 3 years in my garden and then turned its toes up. But I am in Scotland!  Is that the black grass, the Ophiopogon. I've not grown it but always admired it in the right setting. I think it looks good either in gravel or next to some lime green heucheras to set it off. 

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  • Phlomis is a tallish perennial with whorls of pale lemon flowers going around the stem (there is also a pink variety).  Ophiopogon, although called the black grass, is actually a low-growing member of the lily family and will flower in the summer (small lilac coloured flowers). Both of these like to be in the sun.  Geranium himalayense will be blue, but could be any one of a number of named varieties. As with other hardy geranium, this will cope with shade. Sorry I can't send you pictures, but you will be able to find them on the internet.  Hope this helps and happy gardening!

  • Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 3,790

    Thanks Hogweed and Rosa.  I will do my best to keep these plants alive!  I didn't know that the Ophiopogon was a member of the lily family - I thought it was some type of grass/Carex perhaps.  It is a very dark green/almost black and I will be planting it around my pond, but the soil isn't moist or boggy due to the unusual construction.  I don't have much luck with these hardy perennial geraniums, but perhaps I will have more success with this one.

    Thanks for your input.

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,170

    Ophipogon also work well with house leeks - they enjoy the same conditions and if the HL's are mature they tend to flower at the same time. The O. spreads well when happy and I've also grown it in large containers with fuschias - they complement each other IMO. 

  • AngieRAngieR Posts: 345

    I find the Ophiopogon fades to green if not given enough sun.  It can look great in winter along with some snowdrops.

  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 11,291

    I grow Ophiopogon in a low pot along with Campanula Carpatica .

    SW Scotland
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,234

    re Rosa glauca's comment. Phlomis russeliana is palish yellow. other colours are different species.

    I find that one easy going, seeds and spreads by roots but not a problem. It seems to cope with anything.

  • OnopordumOnopordum Posts: 390

    Phlomis russeliana is a really good plant. Treat it well and let it grow into a nice big clump. The dead flower heads stand very well over winter if you leave cutting it down to the early spring.

  • Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 3,790

    I'm feeling confident after reading all your helpful growing tips with these three plants.  I will give the Phlomis russeliana plenty of room to mature into a clump and will try to remember to leave the deadheading until the early spring. Thanks for your input.

  • flowerlady3flowerlady3 Posts: 136

    imageMy ophiopogon doesn't get much sun, but still remains beautifully black and glossy.I use it as an "edger" to the path to my front door.In my experience it doesn't have to be in a particularly sunny spot.Lots of things self sow amongst it, and it looks great when forget me nots or pale pink alliums get all muddled up with it.

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