It's all about the journey--growing plants that speak to me. Traveling to find them is half the fun.
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.