From Bluestone Perennials. Planted two years ago. Santolina is not a plant for humid climates, and unfortunately, I think mine croaked this winter. I really like the conifer-like evergreen foliage and the understated blooms, which remind me of fiber optic cables. Although I try to keep yellow to a minimum in my garden, I think this plant is very soft and elegant in full bloom. It looked great next to the purple flowers of my lavender ‘Hidcote,’ another plant that prefers drier climates. Last year my plant bloomed from June 3 to July 7.
I’m hoping some green emerges from the woody stems, which I pruned back hard this spring, but I probably wouldn’t grow Santolina again if given the choice as it doesn’t seem like a suitable plant for our climate. I might replace my plant with yellow Agastache.
Update (April 18, 2019): My plant didn’t make it through the winter. I am replacing it with Buddleia ‘High Five Purple,’ which is arriving any day now from Romence Gardens.