Cutting Garden platns / Arrangement for early summer interest by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com  Peony, coleus, baptisia.

Have you ever ‘weeded’ out a plant – sure that it was a nuisance only to realize later that it was something you intended?

I have.  About 5 years ago I inadvertently massacred about eight Baptisia australis that I planted the previous spring. They hadn’t bloomed (given their first year status) so a year later, I had entirely forgotten them and presumed them to be some new unrecognized pest – (and for crying out loud, they were everywhere!) – so I pulled them.  The whole time, I kept thinking ‘whatever these weeds are, they sure do have some healthy roots and nice foliage’.  (Duh.)

So, I have no baptisia in my garden, but I am thinking that the painful memory is now distant enough that I should try again. Lesson learned.  There are some really beautiful hybrids whose colors would be so beautiful in arrangements with my early summer peonies (they bloom around the same time).   I love my vases full of nothing but big blowsy peony blooms, but I think I could up my garden arrangement game with a few easy additions.  baptisia2

 

I am pretty sure that some mixing and matching would look equally as nice as these, but here is what I think I’ll try first:

Combo #1:  It is still soft and pretty, but the baptisia adds texture and height and the coleus turns the sweet to sexy (Isn’t that what fishnet stocking are all about?)

Combo #2 This all about ombre and drama.  The baptisia in this mix is like the smoky dark eyeshadow and the extra swipe of mascara.

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