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Phlomis grandiflora ‘Lloyds Variety’, mid October. "A wide-spreading, evergreen shrub with narrow, sage-like, grey-green leaves, deeply wrinkled in texture, and showing prominent pale undersides. Both foliage and young stems are covered in minute hairs creating a soft textured wave of silver, making good foil for all other colours. Bright-yellow, hooded flowers cover the bush mid-summer. These are held in distinctive whorls in the upper leaf axils. Attractive seedheads follow but plants look cleaner if these are removed. Our specimen [is] in the Long Border..." [Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter, Nurseryman's Favourites, Gardens Illustrated magazine, November 2013]