|The coneflowers are 'Southern Belle', shown with Astilbe, |
Peony 'Elsa Sass', and Brunfelsia jamaicensis.
The peony in this arrangement is 'Elsa Sass', a late double form. I love using Astilbe in arrangements for its fragrance and long-lasting constitution. It's the first time I've used a cutting of Brunfelsia jamaicensis, a tropical shrub I've grown in a pot for several years. It needed to be shaped up a bit so I cut a stem of the fragrant flower for a drooping accent.
Speaking of accents, the stems of Itea 'Little Henry' I included in a recent arrangement are still as perky as ever three days later! I cut the stems before the flowers had opened completely, and let them cascade downward in the bouquet.
|The spiky white flowers are from the shrub, Itea 'Little Henry'.|
My garden is home to a wealth of coneflowers, including several that are new to me. I am trialing one called 'Butterfly Kisses' from Walters Gardens. This little cutie, from breeder Arie Blom, is described as an improved double pink, highly floriferous and compact. I planted three about a month ago amidst Oregano 'Kent Beauty', which fills out a sunny spot near the patio. It won't be long before the oregano begins to show its pinkish bracts. I'm anticipating a good color partnership. Meanwhile, 'Butterfly Kisses' is an energetic bloomer, even in its first year.
|Echinacea 'Butterfly Kisses' is less than a foot tall.|
|Echinacea 'Supreme Elegance' from Terra Nova Nurseries.|
|Echinacea 'Supreme Cantaloupe'|