|'Blue Monday' Sage (upper left) and Ageratum (lower right).|
I chose the Salvia sclarea for the plant's value as a cut flower. As the photo shows, it's as close to true, deep blue as a flower can be. And in the floral world, blue is the new black - it goes with everything.
Another plant in the blue range is Ageratum 'Blue Horizon', its flowers a fluffy cluster of bright blue. And with its 30" height, it's also a good cut flower. I didn't start the Ageratum from seed; I found it at a local garden center along with some Larkspur Giant Imperial mix.
I absolutely love this Larkspur, which is a relative of Delphinium, a somewhat finicky perennial in our hot and humid summers. Next year, I am thinking of starting my own larkspur with seed from Swallowtail Garden Seeds.
|What I'm calling my cutting garden includes larkspur, Ageratum, the clary sage, Campanula, some Echinacea and a Dahlia.|
|A regularly-pinched Amaranth 'Oeschberg' in a mixed planter.|
Another plant I started from seed is a decorative or edible variety of Amaranth called 'Oeschberg'. Described as an upright form of Love Lies Bleeding, this variety is supposedly more compact. I love it in arrangements, especially with orange flowers.
|The burgundy spikes of Amaranth 'Oeschberg' add something extra to this arrangement.|