Early August Bouquets

 A shrub, a perennial and an annual cavort in the same vase for a subtle bouquet. Here are Hydrangea macrophylla 'Gertrude Glahn', Phlox paniculata 'David's Lavender' and Celosia spicata 'Flamingo Feather Purple', with the phlox echoing one another's shade of lavender. I grow the Celosia in a mixed planter, although it's definitely taking up the lion's share of the space. Imagine the impact it would have growing in a sunny spot along with Phlox, Gomphrena 'Fireworks' and old-fashioned purple coneflower!
I can't seem to get enough of 'Queen Red Lime', a Zinnia of a different color (or should I say "colors?") that seems to get along well with pretty much any shade you can imagine. Here I've mixed it in a bouquet with red Celosia spicata that stretches perfectly for use in a vase. For more information about the genus Celosia,  check out the National Garden Bureau for its details on starting and growing all manner of this versatile plant.

Gomphrena 'Fireworks'

Celosia spicata 'Flamingo Feather Purple'


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