Sunday, May 16, 2010

Foliage Followup: Purple

Persian Shield has the richest foliage colors in my garden.


Setcreasea is another deep purple, but the leaves are all one color.
Tom calls it Purple Queen; I call it Purple Heart.
As it grows, the violas will be leaving and
Setcreasea makes a border, accented with Chartreuse alternanthera.

Purple Alternanthera is my fav to grow around a pillar rose like Reine des Violettes.
As it grows, it becomes almost vine-like.


Not a foliage plant, glorious purple daylily. Heirloom, No Name.



Flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean at www.seedscatterer.blogspot.com in the hot, humid depths of Southwest Georgia USA where the fragrance of Magnolias floats on the breeze and whippoorwills call from the woods at night. Join us in a glass of iced Ruby Tea, dark and barely sweet.

14 comments:

  1. Ah, purple foliage. Love it, love it, can't get enough of it. Persian shield is one of my favourites, too. Nicely done, Nell Jean! Ruby ice tea sounds delicious.

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  2. The Persian Shield had me go looking. Alas zone 9, no wonder I haven't seen it around here. I'm almost tempted to put some in my garden but I'm known as being annually challenged.

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  3. Hi Nell Jean. I love dark foliage in the garden.Persian Shield is so pretty and glimmering. I really like your Purple Alternanthera. Wonderful purples.

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  4. Purple Queen is what the ladies here in town call it. I use both names interchangeably depending on whether they know what the plant it.

    I have one alternanthera that survived the basement winter. It's been sitting out there in the hottest, driest part of the yard for at least a month as hasn't wilted a bit. I hardly ever think about watering it. Once there's some rain, it will take off.

    I gave up on Persian Shield. It's lovely, but it just doesn't like me.

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  5. Wow, I love the purple daylily! I enjoy plants with purple foliage, and Persian shield is one of my favorites.

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  6. Goodness that Persian carpet and Purple Queen are really purple - bit strong for my tastes!

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  7. Love both the dark foliage,and your closing paragraph!

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  8. (BTW shouldn't that www.seedscatterer be clickable?)

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  9. You might not like my iced Ruby tea either, Patient Gardener, but it is bracing when one is on the verge of heat exhaustion. In the hot sun here, pastels fade out in the glare, which is why we plant bright oranges, magentas, purples and other tropical delights.

    Persian Shield fades out to silvery pastels planted in the sun. I grow it in high shade so it keeps the strong color. Wiseacre, you can grow it in a container. Cuttings root easily in water so you can use it as an annual.

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  10. I've long grown purple heart, 'Black Heart' sweet potato vine, and purple oxalis, but I'm just now trying a couple of other dark-foliage plants: red cordyline and 'Black Pearl' ornamental pepper. I wish I could have gotten good pics of them for my FFU post, but skies were dark and threatening, and the dark foliage just wouldn't show up in such conditions.

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  11. I have both purple heart and persian shield in my garden, love them! But oh boy, that purple daylily, what a beauty!

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  12. Persian Shield is one of those plants that I just have not had success with...maybe I'll try again.

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  13. Purple is my favourite colour today. I'll be coming over to your garden to taste some ruby tea, smell the magnolias and touch the texture of your real purple daylilies with no name. Have a wonderful day ahead!

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  14. Great foliage colors ... I am trying to keep up but leaving comments is difficult on my iPod.

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I look forward to comments and questions and lively discussion of gardening and related ideas.



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