I mean it was just unthinkable to me to mix the two types in a perennial border ... but there I go.
I like to experiment .. I almost feel like a scientist .. amateur mind you, but all the same I think all gardeners are, yes gardeners slash "scientists" in their own right.
So this black sweet potato vine "Ipomoea" has found it's way for great contrast in this bed.
Romantika clematis is a new one this year .. I took this picture yesterday but today it is even darker.
That is rather the reverse of what happens with colour in plants as they age.
It will take a while for them to "meet" each other but I am so curious to see it happen !
Henryi clematis is one of my older ones that has been transplanted so many times it is a wonder he hasn't just quit on me ... why do we keep moving plants around ? because we can ?
Another odd one out (speaking in terms of annuals) is a new one I haven't seen before but at 75% off I did not question it too much .. it is called "Red Threads" alternanthera .. quite a mouth full ?
I like how it plays up the red stem in my Japanese Painted fern .. made for each other this season.
Pink is still my go to colour and the roses are setting that off sweetly !
The hellebores are long done but even their faded colours are beautiful to me.
Back to colours with punch ...
Blackberry Ice heuchera setting off Little Miss Sunshine hosta and Pinot Gris heuchera.
OOPS ! some one snuck a coleus in .... plus a little ceramic mushroom with that touch of blue.
I would be remiss if I didn't squeeze in some butterfly weed, lavender and Golden marjoram.
Finally just for fun ... look into the mirror and see if you can spot something blue there too !