Thursday, January 6, 2011
My first plant purchase of the year! Last year I saw a beautiful photo of a garden in Gardens Illustrated (which I like to refer to as "Garden Porn") with a stunning drift of Knautia 'Melton Pastels'.
I've always loved the Scabiosa family, especially for their interesting, spherical seed heads, but have difficulty using the straight species of Knautia, which is a rich red. I'm not the biggest fan of pure red, to be honest, it's so overwhelming, especially in a garden as small as mine. In addition, all the Knautias I've found locally are the newer, shorter varieties, topping out at around 15" tall, which is just a bit on the small side for my garden, where anything under 2' seems to get swallowed alive ;-)
'Melton Pastels' will hopefully be the answer to my Knautia woes, a mix of softer, cottagey colors to alleviate any feeling of oppressiveness, and topping out at around 4' tall, should fit right into any border I put them in (the backyard makeover this summer, perhaps).
I looked everywhere local to find them, then resorted to online sources. The only place I was able to find even seed available was Thompson & Morgan. I'm hoping my seed-starting mojo is in gear this spring!