Bye Bye Butterfly Bush…and HELLO….
This plant, Lo & Behold® ‘Purple Haze’ – Butterfly Bush, drove me nuts. I found this dwarf variety to be leggy and so I pruned it…then it did this. I thought I would give it a whirl in my purple front garden, but as far as I am concerned, I let it hold this place way longer than it deserved. Had I planted it en masse or in a border maybe I would feel differently. It was too boring…and just not doing anything for me in this location anyway – perhaps I should have relocated it, but I was beyond over this plant. You should LOVE your plants in your garden….so…bye bye butterfly bush.
I love this blue yucca. It will give the structure that I wanted for this bed, and ultimately the height I was looking for. Eventually this moderate grower will climb to 12 ft tall, and as it does, it will be visible on the other side of the wall as well, which was my goal. The other aspect I love is that it is SHARP so good luck hopping the wall if you are an intruder. Any deterrent is always a good idea to implement. I do try and be proactive in my plantings and keep those things in mind. Proactive plantings – gotta love pretty AND functional.
At Rigida’s feet I have planted a living mulch of blue spruce sedum and foxtail ferns. Excuse the opuntia – I am “holding” them here until I decide where I want them.
This little bed has been changed a few times now, hopefully I got it right this time! Cheers to planting what you LOVE and not settling. If you don’t love it, change it.