Photo Friday – Purple Passion Mum

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How about this combo?  This mum, called Purple Passion, blooms later than the earlier season mums.  It began opening up its buds late last week for me.  Now, as of today, it is fully flushed with purple power (P.S.: The photo shows a bit more pink, but it is more purple in person).  Very pretty combined with the soft silver blue coloring of its partner.  The center of its partner plant has transitioned to a darker pink purple in its center recently.  These two fall container plants are working well together due to their splendid coloring and texture.  Enjoy it as today’s Photo Friday.  Cathy T

Amsonia in fall

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Amsonia in fall

Amsonia hubrichtii, PPA of the Year 2011.

This photo, taken Oct 20th, shows the fall color of golden-yellow.

Common name: Arkansas blue star, a southern native.

Whispy, fine texture.  Light blue, star-shaped flowers in spring.  Mound habit, 3′ height.  Full sun to partial shade.  Low-maintenance.

Great in containers as a tall, billowing feature, combines well with many plants.  Plant in spring and enjoy it all the way until October.  Tip:  Use a container with brown natural tones and this golden color will pop above it with your yellow or orange mums.  Transplant the perennial to your gardens before frost.  All good, 3 seasons of interest, and useful throughout.

http://www.perennialplant.org/documents/poy2011.pdf for complete details by the Perennial Plant Association.

New Amsonia on the scene this year:  Amsonia ciliata ‘Spring Skies’ (Spring Sky Bluestar); discovered at the Henry Foundation in Philadelphia, PA.  Longer-lasting flowers, more compact habit, and some bronze to the golden foliage in fall.

http://www.greaterphiladelphiagardens.org/gardens/henry/henry-found.htm