Monday, May 24, 2010

The Color Purple

I LOVE the color purple, especially in the garden. It goes with any color...ANY, yellow, orange, blue, even red, though you won't find red in my garden...don't ask me why, it's just one of my quirks. I especially love purple with chartreuse or orange. Don't be afraid of color, you'll find it makes your garden all the more exciting.

Once the orange, chartreuse, white and purple of the annuals start to cascade over the urn, this Rex Begonia will even look more spectacular in this
purple Victorian urn.

  Giant Allium, which comes from the onion family, always make a statement.

 The mix of lavender and pink Clematis makes the darker purple all the more noticeable. 

Heliotrope goes especially well in containers, here along with purple fountain grass, hot orange impatiens, coleus and sage. And if you place Heliotrope near where you pass or sit, you will catch it's delightful scent.

It's always great to have different textures in the garden and
Liatris is perfect for adding a spikey height.

Hardy Geranium comes in several colors but the purple is almost
neon in the garden.

Speaking of neon, the combination of Helichrysum (Licorice plant), Heliotrope, orange impatiens and the purple Strobilanthes (Persian Shield) are perfect companions to a Foxtail Asparagus Fern.

I'm a sucker for a bright chartreuse yellow and purple combination and this is one of my very favorite plants, Tradescantia (Spiderwort)

You can change the color of your Hydrangea to some degree by changing the pH of your soil. 

Purple Salvia makes a great accent plant with it's purple spikes.

The flowers don't have to be the only purple in your garden...
even the post for a birdhouse can make a statement.

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