Purple Haze

           Sometimes purple is an attention-grabbing bully, like in this Smokebush. (No one steps into a garden and ignores its dark, brooding presence.)

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Sometimes purple can be delicate, a fistful of green-centered sparklers, like this allium. photo            

                  Sometimes purple is dark-veined and gleams against a lighter shade of  itself, like in these geranium.                                                                                                                            photoAnd sometimes, purple is velvet-edged and mysteriously deep, even in something as common as petunias.                                                                                               photoYou sometimes have to bend down to appreciate purple’s ability to play well with others, like in this Japanese painted fern.                                                                                         photo

 And purple stems, hazed with minute white hairs, are definitely worth a closer look, like on this cimicifuga.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          photoSo whether your tastes run to things subtle or bold, purple can accomodate you. A garden without purple is quite simply, wrong.

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