I made an effort to get every rooted thing out of the greenhouse this week.
Neither had all these Purple Hearts found a spot in the garden. Do you call Purple Heart Tradescantia pallida or the familiar name Setcreasea pallida? Mama grew it as a house plant.
I loaded up everything and we set out for empty spots to fill.
Setcreasea found places along the rock wall bed where it could tumble down among other purples and blues: Salvia farinacea and Lantana Montevidensis.
Strobilanthes has a peculiar bloom that shows up in the winter in the greenhouse, rarely in late fall in the garden. Where the blue cone-shaped blooms shedded small leaves grow. Most gardeners snip off those bloom stems. I left these.
There's another purple growing in the greenhouse floor that does so happily year 'round even in the hottest days of summer and doesn't blink when it's pressed against the panes when outside temps are freezing. Alternanthera dentata 'Rubiginosa' which goes by names like Bloodleaf and Christmas Clover.
Strobilanthes, Setcreasea and Alternanthera 'Rubiginosa' are my favorite purple foliage plants for seasonal displays.
Do you use plants with purple foliage? Which are your favorites?