This plant looks a bit like a stick figure with arms and a small mop of lavender blooms on top, mimicking hair.
The word derives from the Greek word xeros, which means dry.
Sometimes we focus so much on the color of flowers that we forget about their other significant attributes.
At certain times of the year we just don’t have quite enough flowers. This is when "filler" is really important.
What is there not to like about a pretty, serviceable and deer-resistant plant that endures hot, dry conditions?
Lilac and lavender, roses and annual sweet-peas have distinctive and memorable scents.
As well as recent widespread interest in edible flowers by foodies, there also seems to be a related trend that involves bartenders putting flowers in drinks.
Try freezing edible flowers into ice cubes for a unique touch to your dinner party drinks.
Deer will eat any plant if they are hungry enough. However, like us, they find some foods more appetizing than others.
Learn about how to best assess your gardens for Spring on this edition of Focus On Flowers.