Thursday, April 5, 2012

Purple plumes peeking out in the spring garden

As the temperatures creep up to early summertime highs here in Central Texas , irises, salvias and other purple plumes are putting on a pageant in my garden.

Maybe I like the purple and blue hues so much in my garden because they seem to cool off our scorching heat.

At least they give the impression that it's cooler in the garden.

And because blue hues on the color wheel make things seem to recede, they also make my garden seem bigger.

One of my very favorites is Indigo Spires. It's tall, deep purple blooms sway in the breeze and make a real statement.

Luckily for me, the salvias I'm collecting are safe from our hungry, grazing deer.

This catmint was a new addition to my garden last spring and it's been a great performer. It easily survived last summer and stayed evergreen all winter. No cats here in my garden, but I'd recommend this a a hardy Central Texas perennial.

Mealy blue sage -- which grows wild in the fields in Texas -- seems very happy in my front garden and is spreading every year.
My pass-along irises, Amethyst Flame, from Pam of Digging, are still blooming and going strong after weeks.

Little pink and purple pretties are mixed into this whimsical windowbox arrangement.

My larkspur -- from seeds passed along several years ago from Zanthan Gardens -- are just beginning to bloom. I love that feathery foliage.

These tradescantia, or spiderwort, are finally spreading a little in the back bed. I hear they can be invasive, but there's plenty of room for them, so I keep enouraging them to grow more!
The rock path in the back has 4 or 5 different purple blooms intermingling among the Oklahoma flagstone, decomposed granite and river rock. Homestead verbena, 2 kinds of winecup and more all make great neighbors.

This is the easement beside our neighbor's property - filled with wild native prairie verbena. It's not in my garden, but I can see it from my garden ... kinda like you can see Russia...oh, nevermind!

While I lost some of the salvia 'May night,' the ones that survived last summer are going strong and attracting lots of bees.


Patricia Tryon said...

The salvias are really wonderful. They're favorites ifor our garden in our hot as h-e-double hockey sticks Colorado summers.

Linda/patchwork said...

I love all the blue and purple blooms. They do seem to cool things down.

Enjoyed your article today, in the Stateman.

Pam/Digging said...

I love all your purples. But I think those passalong irises from me are actually the ones I got from Tina (My Gardener Says), which I call Shoshana's iris:
'Amethyst Flame is a deeper purple:

Tim said...

Love the spiderwort. I've been cultivating them as well. I guess I really only think of a plant as invasive if it's a pain in the neck to get out of the ground.

Diana said...

Patricia - They are great do-to plants, aren't they? And they bloom for so long.

Linda - I wish they REALLY had to power to cool things down. Glad you liked the article. I just love the tropical look, it's one of my faves and it's how I have my back landscaped, for the most part, around the pool.

Pam, you're right. Those must be Shoshana's irises, the color is exactly the same as is the form. Thanks again for sharing them with me.

Tim - Ha-love that theory on invasive plants. And I guess some of it depends on how bad it gets before you get after it, too. Mine still has plenty of room to grown, so no complaints here yet.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Those are all great reasons to love blues and purples. They're also just great performers and so pretty. I love them too. Your garden looks lush this spring. You must have been getting some rain.~~Dee

Bob said...

What drought?

Gardening sheds said...

I really love the blue and purple flowers. It looks really gorgeous.

Layanee said...

One could never be blue looking at this garden. Blue does seem to rule in the spring.