Echinops, commonly known as globe thistles, are a tall upright perennial with steely purple-blue spherical flowerheads and spiny leaves. This herbaceous perennial commands attention, even from the back of the border. Flowerheads attract bees and make great cut- and dried-flowers arrangements. For best drying results, cut the flowerheads just before the blooms expand. Much like cone-flowers Echinops will respond well to pruning in July, producing more flowers and sturdier plants that will stand better during the winter and feed the birds.