Stachys 'Hummelo' - my fave rave....
Japanese Varigated Iris and Stachys 'Hummelo' photo by Jan Johnsen
I must admit I develop plant infatuations..and just as in my life, the quiet hard-to-get-to-know types fascinate me....
this time it is Stachys officinalis 'Hummelo'
Iris pallida varigata, flower carpet roses,and gomphrena 'Buddy Purple' photo by Jan Johnsen
Hummelo has scalloped leaves - like this
Hummelo - my name for this plant - is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun or part shade. It spreads by creeping stems (stolons) that root as they go along the ground. The leaves are evergreen in warm winter climates.
They say that Hummelo is grown primarily for its vivid flowers which can provide a spectacular display, particularly when massed . But I also love its leaves.
Hummelo is a lovely addition to a rose / rock garden as shown below.
I added the Flower Carpet Rose 'Pink Supreme' and it has become the star of the show in this lovely rock outcrop garden:
But first I added a lot of compost and soil....its all about the soil....