Seasonal observations of the Master Gardeners
- Author: Trisha E Rose
Published on: April 15, 2019
Spring really brings out the purple in my garden. My lavender is putting on a nice show with its fat purple sticks, Lavendula ‘Grosso' has been my favorite for a number of years. It does well-situated in direct sun with minimal hand watering.
My husband likes our Echium candicans both for its striking blooms and the screening it provides. We also have a variegated form.
A fairly recent addition is a purple flowering ice plant, the plant is currently ablaze with striking magenta flowers that fully open in the warmer afternoon sun. It has taken perhaps 4 years to fill in a small area but this year has been the payoff. Recently I had to prune it off the sidewalk and was surprised by how wiry the stems were, this plant is not at all the delicate beauty it appears to be at first glance.
And just for good measure, you can see the California poppy, Eschscholzia californica has once again invaded the garden. It's not purple but plays well with so much purple in the garden. Last year in February I was on my hands and knees pulling out California poppy seedlings. Afterwards, I had to deal with pinched nerves in my lower rib cage, ouch, for a couple of months. Learned my lesson. This year I just let the poppy flourish.