Looking a bit purple

While assessing how the newish planting in the rockery was doing, I realised that quite a few of the plants were in the purple spectrum and they all seemed to be in the centre of the rockery. I will have to have a think about what I can add anongst them.

All looking a bit purple.

I’ll start with the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum which has put itself in the rockery in quite a large clump.

The seeds must have been in the home made compost which we added before planting.

I will save a few seedpods for sprinkling later in the year.

I planted this hardy geranium many years ago, sorry the name is lost in the mist of time, but it seeds round beautifully, I get lots of seedlings for planting elsewhere in the garden.

The flowers are quite a reddish purple……

…unlike all it’s offspring that are more of a blueish purple. I’m always digging seedlings out from between the paving on the patio.

There have been so many foxglove seedlings, again, I presume in the added compost. Most were moved to shady beds and have been wonderful to see, especially the white ones, but a few were allowed to stay.

One lonely Allium christophii is carrying on the baton from Allium purple sensation, it looks very lonely, must buy more in the autumn to keep it company.

The hardy geranium is almost climbing with Clematis texensis Pagoda, they go very well together.

The flowers of C. Pagoda are so pretty, just like little bells hanging there.

More free plants via the compost I presume, Linaria purpurea, providing a much needed vertical to contrast with all the round plants!

I  used to have the pink one L. Canon Went, but that is just what he did, he went and wasn’t seen anymore, just the purple one now.

So this is the purple area on the rockery, I think a splash of yellow or white would look nice in with them, what do you think? I’m not complaining though, most of them were free!

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8 Responses to Looking a bit purple

  1. Denise says:

    Looking very good in purple Pauline, though I agree a splash of another colour would be even better. I find Potentilla recta var. sulphurea works nicely plus it seeds itself around….. maybe even a bit too much☺️

  2. Frank says:

    Nice that so many of your purples were surprises, it’s wonderful how that can work out so well!
    Your clematis works its way in so well. I always have trouble placing them anywhere more imaginative than a simple trellis. They seem to disappear on a shrub or just fade away before the roots settle in. Yours looks so nice with blooms all the way down to the base!

    • Pauline says:

      Plants are so generous with their seed Frank! The clematis is on an obelisk which isn’t quite tall enough, so it climbs up and then flops down again!

  3. snowbird says:

    I do love your purple melody, especially your ever so cute little bells. Maybe some California poppies would happily live amongst them all.xxx

    • Pauline says:

      Glad you like the purple Dina, the clematis is a pretty one, different from my others. Californian poppies sounds a good idea, I have a packet of seed somewhere so could have a go at sprinkling them, thanks for the idea.

  4. Cathy says:

    Yes, this purple domination can easily creep up on us, along with pink! Love that purple poppy!!

    • Pauline says:

      A clump of day lilies has just started flowering in that area and what colour are they…purple! The purple poppy pops up all over the garden, I would miss it if it didn’t.

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