(Toledo, OH) One of my favorite pernnials is Stachys byzantina, commonly known as "Stachys byzantina." My wife planted one of these about seven years ago, and the plant has gradually multiplied to occupy one-third of a decorative garden we have in the front of the house.
The plants have velvety leaves and are fairly hardy, exhibiting resistance to drought. They bloom throughout the month of September and sometimes provide a burst of fuchsia well into October.
This particular morning a lazy honeybee meandered about the plants as I snapped some photos. His leisurely pace reinforced the notion that Saturday mornings were meant to be a time for unhurried reflection.