The Purple Corner – Oct 2013
This was my “purple corner” last year after my front garden’s 1st summer…The plants are filling in, and the Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) is stealing the spotlight.And here we are fall #2. Gregg’s blue mistflower (Conoclinium (Eupatorium) Greggii) is a butterfly haven, prostrate rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ ) adds evergreen interest along with Yucca aloifolia, Agave americana, and purple Texas cholla tree cactus (Cylindropuntia imbricata). Texas fall aster (Aster oblongifolius, reclassified to Symphyotrichum oblongifolium), purple trailing lantana (Lantana montevidensis), and salvia leucantha add more perennial color pops.We have a lot of birds that love this Texas mountain laurel (Sophora secundiflora) anchored spot in the front garden. I use purple trailing lantana to “hide-a-curb”. That is salvia discolor beside my trash can birdbath. The extreme silver color of the foliage looks amazing with the purply black blooms.Here is looking back. And here is looking closer. Daisy flowers by far have always been my favorite. What is better than purple daisies????? Paired with spiky yucca and prostrate rosemary, this scene looks and smells delicious!This Texas native flowering powerhouse is a MUST HAVE!!!!And lastly…a closer look at the fuzzy flowering lightsaber-like wands of Salvia Leucantha. Just last month this mass grouping was looking tired and thirsty. I did not water it…I left it alone…I let it sleep. The rains came and it woke up with energy to spare!
Purple fall color….cooling color brought on by cooler temperatures. Fitting!