It's a spikey, purple foliage follow up this month in my garden! First up: Why should the "ornamental" gardens have all the fun? Here's a pretty cordyline that's snuggling up to my 'Canby' raspberries in the backyard:
It was simply labeled "Tropical Foliage" and was being sold for an obscenely low amount at Home Depot... and jumped into my cart when I went to buy paint. I know, I know. I really do try to support my local independent garden centers, but... sometimes you have to rescue cool plants at the big box stores, too.
'Sparkling Burgundy' eucomis is similarly spiky, purple and tropical-looking. Here it picks up the warm tones of carex buchannii and 'Purple Knockout' salvia lyrata, and echoes the form of the dwarf iris at its feet, while contrasting nicely with the fine textured ponytail grass and chunky oakleaf hydrangea:
My front yard is at a bit of an angle, which is kind of fun because it adds another dimension. From some angles--like this one--you don't even see the green foliage of the foxgloves, sedums and bergenia that break up this swath of purple:
It looks like a lot of purple, but it actually looks really nice against my house--which is beige, and surrounded by cement driveways that add to the boring. From top to bottom, we're seeing purple from my Japanese maple, 'Diablo' purple ninebark, an unnamed heuchera, and 'Albury Purple' St. John's wort.
For more awesome foliage--in all colors and forms--check out Pam's Foliage Follow-Up post, here. (And be sure to check out all the links!)