But I promised Erin when it was over I would share something. Here it is - an unlikely bouquet of:
- Rosa 'Lavaglut' (a.k.a. 'Intrigue' and 'Lava Glow'), which is a bouquet on a stem all by itself! Introduced by Kordes in 1978, this florabunda rose has the deepest, richest, darkest shade of red, which can be very difficult to photograph acurately. Hardy in Zones 5-10.
- Tanacetum vulgare 'Isla's Gold', a brilliantly colored tansy. This herb is non-edible (all parts of the plant are toxic), with highly fragrant foliage, hardy in Zones 3-9. It has small white daisy-like blooms about mid-summer, and while they're nice, I grow this one for its stunning foliage.
- Physocarpus opulifolium 'Coppertina™' (a.k.a. 'Mindia'). There are several cultivars of ninebark that I like, but none as well as this one. It was introduced in 2006 and it took me several years before I found it in a garden center. I only have one, but ohhhhhh, what a one it is! New foliage in the spring goes through several color changes, then it blooms, and then its whitish flowers turn blood red! One of my very favorite shrubs EVER.