Continuing with the color theme, today the focus is on purple, the color of royalty.
This Jackman Clematis (Clematis jackmanii) was chosen because it is reported to be a good clematis choice for our area. Other clematis have prettier and more complex flowers.
After its initial flourish of flowers, it hasn’t bloomed again. Clematis is supposed to be an easy vine with lots of blooms. So I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Maybe it needs fertilizer.
I do like the color and size of the blossoms.
It’s crazy that some Larkspur are still blooming.
Mexican Petunias (Ruellia simplex) really are purple. I don’t know why these look pink in the picture – probably the strong sun. Can’t get any easier than this plant. The biggest problem is that they spread with underground runners.
Another winner is Henry Duelberg Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia farinacea ‘Henry Duelberg’). The flowers are all gone now. But I just trimmed them back for a second blooming this summer.
I love the look and smell of Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia). The color is too subtle for some people’s taste. But the soft pastel blends in well with stronger colors.
Gregg’s Blue Mistflower (Eupatorium greggii) is also a light purple, almost a lavender. It’s pale color makes it look bland except for all the butterfly activity. That gets one’s attention.
Deep purple African Violets is the prettiest violet, in my opinion.
One stalk of French Hollyhock (Mallva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’) survived from the rust fungus. It was actually not in the flowerbed, but just outside the yard in the weeds. I transplanted it, so we’ll see what happens next year.
This is the flowerbed that I was going to be cautious and not over plant. Who knew the bushes would get so big and the flowers reseed and multiply so well? Not me, obviously.
The Texas Bluebells (Eustoma exaltatum ssp. russellianum) are especially tall this year. All the rain in May made everything abundant and hardy.
Such a pretty flower.
The Blue Curls (Phacelia congesta Hook) has been like a Jack in the Beanstalk plant that just keeps getting taller.
Unusual flowers and foliage make it an interesting plant in the yard. It’s another purchase from Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. One of those impulse buys without much knowledge of its characteristics.
Purple robes may have belonged exclusively to the kings, but fortunately, we can enjoy it where ever we wish, including our gardens.
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