Heuchera 'Plum Pudding' with Geranium 'Ann Folkard' in the background
Another blogger posted last week about how their favorite color combination during spring was chartreuse and pink/purple (I believe the photo they used to illustrate this was of the ubiquitous Euphorbia and a Redbud tree). It rung a bell as it's one of my favorite combos as well...and one that is very evident all over my garden! To be fair, I've also used gold/purple and yellow/blue to a fair degree.
Above is a purple Heuchera that I'm not 100% sure of the variety...but I think it might be 'Plum Pudding'. I planted these hear Geranium 'Rozanne' last year, but they were totally overcome by 'Rozanne', so this spring I moved them around a bit. I wasn't sure they made it though the winter and wasn't terribly upset by the idea. When I saw this new, totally lovely purple new foliage, however, I knew I'd find a spot for them somewhere.
Tulip 'Queen of the Night' and Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'
This is, off and on, my favorite tulip...I love the deep, rich maroon/black/purple color...very somber and subtle, and it looks so great in contrast to all the fresh, bright green new foliage of the other emerging perennials. Seen in the background is Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'...a favorite for both it's beautiful foliage and charming, contrasting flowers.
Clematis recta purpurea and Euonymous
This non-climbing, bush-type clematis, has the most amazing new foliage...a vibrant purple. In different light it can look dusky mauve, bright purple or rich burgundy. The foliage greens up one the weather gets got (for us here in Portland, that usually means July). It does bloom, with sprays of tiny, white, scented flowers around August, but the foliage is the main attraction. In the background is one of the golden variegated Euonymous that came with the house. I still have mixed feelings about them...but have decided to let them stay for a while longer.
Verbena 'Homestead Purple' and Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'
While this Verebena is supposedly perennial, I have only about a 50% success rate of getting them to overwinter. I never really hesitate to buy more, however. They are so easy-going and vigorous, I can count on them to spread throughout the garden in all directions, contributing their vibrant purple blooms...and smothering weeds with their thick matt of foliage.
|Clematis recta purpurea and Geranium 'Ann Folkard'||Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' & Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'|
Last fall, I posted about how my existing 'Bowles Mauve' plants were dying and how I was considering replacing them with something with a bit more longevity. Well, after pulling them out this spring, I caved in and bought a few more. I just love their foliage and flower color...and aside from being short-lived, they are so carefree.
Sedums Matrona (foreground) and Angelina
Ok, so this one is a bit of a stretch...but Matrona's new growth has a reddish-purple tint, which is more noticeably in certain light. Angelina contributes bright color all year long.
Hyacinthoides (Spanish Bluebells) and Geranium 'Ann Folkard'
Another stretch of the palette, not quite purple, more on the blue side.
A neighbor's Hosta
Ok, so not in my garden...but I pass these everyday on my way to the bus stop and just had to include them!
My Front Border
And here is a wider shot of the bottom of the front border...you can see the purple/blue/yellow theme is repeated throughout the garden...and is especially notable during the spring and early summer, before some of the yellow foliaged plants (the Agastache and Geranium) green up a bit during warmer weather and pinks, yellows and oranges join the cooler colors later in the season.