Verbascum chaixii album (Mullein)
I am smitten with this white-flowering perennial Mullein, Verbascum chaixii album. Its spires are jam-packed, from top to bottom, with small flowers the color of fresh cream with centers of orange and purple. Just as much as the profusion of flowers on this attractive Mullein, I like its large, textured rosettes of foliage, not to mention the architectural aspect it lends to my garden. I have heard some call Verbascum invasive, but for as many years as I have grown it, I have only two or three extras from reseeding - just not enough, if you ask me. This Mullein is easy to please, and if you cut it back after blooming, it will send up new spires and will re-bloom. Growing from two to four feet, Verbascum chaixii album prefers sun and well-drained soil in Zones 5-10. Quarts.
Verbascum phoeniceum "Violetta" (Nettle-leaved Mullein)
Verbascum phoeniceum "Violetta" is striking with Its spires of violet/purple blooms, and it couldn't be easier to grow. "Violetta" isn't a bit fussy about water; it's deer and slug proof; it's agreeable to sun or bright shade; and it blooms from late spring through early summer. The flowers of Verbascum "Violetta" begin opening at the bottom of the stem and work their way up, and if cut back, it is a repeat bloomer, but you will want to let some seeds develop for re-seeding. As with most Mullein varieties, the dark green foliage is also an asset, forming attractive, flat rosettes. This stunning Verbascum grows to about 30 inches in Zones 5-10. Quarts.