Umbel-ievably Cool!
Bee A Garden Trailblazer – Plant Umbels!

We tumble for umbels! With fanciful, flat-topped flower heads that lend a touch of lightness to the garden and robust, ferny foliage mounds providing depth and texture, these carrot-cousins (in the family Apiaceaea) are also wonderfully magnetic to all manner of pollinators and beneficial insects – especially butterflies! In fact, few other flowers feed so many with such little effort – with sturdy, upright stalks to four, six, even eight feet tall, advertising their perfectly engineered landing pads to every bee, butterfly and syrphid in flying distance!

We've got a great selection of some of the rarest and most unusual species in the genus available right now, just in time for National Pollinator Week! We guarantee you'll be amused by these floral snack stations and amazed by the antics of all the pollinators who visit! Bonus: umbels are tough! They may look delicate and magical in the garden, but they are long-lived, reliable and often drought and deer resistant. They make smashing cut flowers, fresh or dried!

Todaroa montana "Canary
Giant Mountain Carrot"

Whoa! Exceptionally rare and traffic-stopping, this perennial Queen of Umbels makes a ferny foliage mound its first year, giving way to a dramatic florapalooza of bloom in year 2, when a hunky, 6' branching stalk erupts, loaded with 4" chartreuse umbels! Tough, drought tolerant, deer resistant. Sure to get a conversation started in any garden!

Melanoselinum decipiens “Black Parsley”

Melanoselinum decipiens
“Black Parsley”

Huge, dense umbels to 6-8" across in shades of lilac, pink and purple (at the same time) on an impressive plant 5-8' tall x 4' wide, make this (non-stinging) "Hogweed" a thing of beauty. Extremely easy to grow, this rarity from the island of Madeira makes gorgeous cut flowers and is a wonderful food source for all manner of pollinators – especially butterflies!

Cenolophium denudatum 
“Baltic Parsley” Cenolophium denudatum “Baltic Parsley”

Cenolophium denudatum
“Baltic Parsley”

Rare, undemanding and long-lived, "Baltic Parsley” offers up a long succession of elegant, 5”, lacey white flower heads on graceful, upright, red stems May-Sept. Provides an interesting silhouette, 3-4’ tall and 3’ across, co-mingling beautifully with neighbors. Comely cut flowers – fresh or dried! Add compost for best show and deadhead to keep the blooms coming.

Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Raven’s Wing’

Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Raven’s Wing’
Exquisite and infinitely useful in the garden for making neighboring plants "pop!" – the deep purple-black, lacey foliage of this "Wild Chervil" is the bee's knees!
Can self-sow when happy, snip blooms to encourage bushiness and prevent seedlings. Tough as nails, long-lived, deer, sand, clay and drought resistant! Our first crop in three years – grab one while you can!

Athamanta turbith 
Athamanta turbith 
"Candy Carrot"

Athamanta turbith
"Candy Carrot"

From the Carpathian Alps and Balkan Peninsula comes this lovely and almost unknown perennial carrot cousin. To 2’ tall and 1’ wide, it forms a dense, rounded mound of bright green, feathery foliage. Handsome white umbels well above the foliage on long, branching stems in Summer producing lots of food for hungry butterflies! Good drainage for a happy plant.

Angelica stricta ‘Purpurea’ Angelica stricta ‘Purpurea’

Angelica stricta ‘Purpurea’
We first saw this rare and spectacular Angelica growing at the Mendocino Botanical Garden years ago – luckily, the kind folks there let us have some seed and we've been growing it ever since! Growing quickly to 4’ tall x 3’ across, its luxurious, purple-black foliage stands out like royalty in the garden. Next come huge, ruby, boat-shaped buds followed by 4-5” umbels color shifting from mauve to dark violet-purple. An absolute must have! EASY, rich soil for best show, self-sows!
Angelicas are much loved by butterflies, especially Swallowtails – and we have a bunch of beautiful ones ready now!

Join us in Paradise–
Kate Frey Open Garden!
Kate's Garden

Don't miss a fantastic opportunity to visit an incredible garden! Our beloved friend, the fabulous and outrageously talented designer Kate Frey and her master builder husband, Ben, will open their vibrant and life-filled garden in Hopland (inland Mendocino County on Hwy 101) for a workshop and tour on June 17. The event is in conjunction with The American Garden School, Kate’s (and business partner Christa Mone's) new garden school.

Read on for details and a special entry from Kate with stunning photos: ON OUR BLOG!

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