This week I have chosen a cultivated mullein called, Verbascum olympicum ‘Christo’s Yellow Lightening’. Partly for the name that was given by Fergus Garrett to remind him of travelling times with Christopher Lloyd. It was named after being the best of a trial at Great Dixter. The other reason is as I have been working on the long border recently, where it can be found, and it brings a lovely upright form that doesn’t need any extra support and brings a soft yellow into the border  that works so well with the foliage behind.

10.09 1Standing tall with Dahlia ‘Hillcrest Regal’ behind and self-seeded Erigeron annuus in front.

10.09The Long Border with the yellow of the Verbascum at the far end.

Words and photographs by Phil

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