One of the magical things about a garden is how many surprises can unfold in the course of a day. At this time of year, it seems impossible to keep up with the different plants in bloom. The amazing facet about perennials is the much anticipated yearly show; you survive the dreary winters for these colorful moments in your garden.
Last fall, we picked up an assorted mix of perennials and planted them here and there. What a surprise to finally see them in bloom. One of those perennials that popped out of the woodwork just last week is a proven favorite. It also took this year’s title, ‘Perennial Plant for 2010’.
Looking for a splash of purple for a sunny area? Baptisia australis, or False Indigo fits that bill. This rugged perennial adds bold drifts of color to your plantings. The soft sage green leaves create an interesting backdrop for other perennials. It is a native to the Eastern United States plus attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. What more could you look for in a hardy perennial? It is a ‘do not disturb’ plant so make sure you find the right spot and leave it there. Give it ample room as it matures into a fairly sizeable crown.
I’ve been meaning to write about this perennial for months but I forgot we planted it until I saw it in bloom. Take the advice of the French classical author, François de la Rochefoucauld. “Nature creates ability; luck provides it with opportunity.” That’s how I see my garden. Annie
Image of Baptisia australis from White Flower Farm Website
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