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HOT summer color: monochromatic doesn’t have to be monotonous

medium sized tree: desert willow

Powerful color can be powerful in the landscape.  The impact of massed color makes a showy display, even from a distance.  Don’t like the cottage garden look? No worries.

medium color: summer phlox

Try a monochromatic scheme instead. Pairings of similarly hued plants – whether it’s the bloom or the foliage – fit well in any style landscape, from modern to rustic.  A not-so-formal green gathering of diversity can be ramped up to a black-tie event when alike in their color pallete.

low color: winecup

Position the groupings so when viewed they have a pleasing flow, usually from tallest in back to shortest in front.

Here are a few of my favorites of all sizes, each one chosen for a royal purple reign.

low color: petunias

small tree: rose of Sharon, AKA althea

shrub: beauty berry

low color: purple verbena

small shrub/medium color: pavonia, also called rock rose

perennial: purple coneflower

medium ornamental grass: Gulf coast muhly


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2 thoughts on “HOT summer color: monochromatic doesn’t have to be monotonous

  1. I fell in love with our wonderful native coneflower at YOUR house, Diane!

  2. love that purple coneflower for the color display and attracting painted lady butterflies.

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