In this post I’m showing various shades of purple flowers on my patio. From light lavender to deep purple.
Red-dominated shades of purple add a bit of drama to the garden.
Purple’s ideal partner is yellow, and you see me use a lot of these two colors together. Last year it was my two primary flower colors on the patio.
Yellow lightens the landscape, while purple subdues yellow.
The relationship of contrasts is even more important in shade-dappled gardens. Purple kind of gets lost in the shade, so pair it with a light-colored companion to highlight it and make it more noticeable.
Chartreuse plants, as in the potato vine, make great partners with purple flowers. There is just something deeply gratifying about seeing these colors used together.
Yesterday morning I decided to go by the nursery while I was out running errands. Famous last words to myself as I parked: I’ll just get a few plants.
Where they get me is the buy 12 or more plants for $3.99 instead of $4.99 each. So naturally I had to get a dozen to get that discount.
I took these purple petunias out of the above container and put them in the galvanized containers. I needed a bit more color there.
Digging the purple petunias out of the container I encountered a gazillion red ants. I shook cinnamon all over the soil. Ants hate cinnamon. Funny, I love it.
I went out later and looked and there was nary an ant in that container. Where they went I do not care. Just out of my pots. It doesn’t kill them, but they will leave.
I’ve written up this tip here before: If you have ants coming indoors, shake a solid line of cinnamon across where they’re coming in. They will leave. The line of cinnamon should not be broken or they can go through the gap. Make it a solid line.
I picked up lemon verbena that they did not have in stock last time. Charlie will chew the leaves like he does the pineapple sage. But if that soothes his tummy, that’s okay.
I’m headed outside to the patio to dig in the dirt. While we still have cooler spring weather it is especially enjoyable. When it’s the height of summer, not so much.