|Eriogonum umbellatum 'Shasta Sulphur' in my new garden|
Late last summer I ordered some of these plants from Annie's, including three of the one in the picture above, Eriogonum umbellatum 'Shasta Sulphur'. The description of the plant, along with better pictures than I have, is here. Since I foolishly ordered these very late in the summer, and I didn't get around to planting them, they stayed in their Annie's pots all winter, out in the cold and rain, with no protection whatsoever. I was amazed to see that they made it through the winter unscathed, and now that I have planted them, they are flowering and doing well.
According to the Annie's blurb, they make a tidy mound of evergreen foliage 1 foot high and 3 feet across and have these sulpher yellow flowers starting in the spring and lasting until late summer. That sounds pretty good to me! The shade of yellow of the flowers is another quality that I particularly like. It is the sort of yellow that makes blues, pinks and oranges just pop.
I have ordered a couple more eriogonums and in the future I will report to you on how they have done. In the meantime, if you are interested, you can check out the website of the Eriogonum Society.