Dear Barry, What a splendid combination and so very effective with the tall spires of what I assume to be delphiniums planted against the rounded leaves of the claret coloured shrub. Dramatic and exciting. I love it.
That's lovely, really brings out the blue in the cotinus (is it?)
Dear Edith, so good to her from you again. I had thought of adding a caption to this image, but then thought that it should be truly wordless. However I'm glad that your response now allows me to be more specific. The tall spires are, in fact, the flowers of Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' an exciting hybrid developed at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It has blue flowers and glaucous, silvery blue leaves on black stems. One year it didn't bloom at all, and I didn't mind too much, as the mound of foliage was impressive in itself. Other new Baptisia hybrids include b. 'Twilite Prairie Blues' and 'Solar Flare' developed at the North Carolina Botanic Garden by Jim Ault.The shrub behind the Baptisia is Cotinus 'Royal Purple'.
Hi Is,Cotinus it is! I coppice it every year and it produces this beautiful foliage.
Barry:Love, love, love B. 'Purple Smoke' mostly for the wonderful deep infused colour of the stems. Not really a fan of the newer Prairieblues series..... and Cotinus, another one that I cannot be without! A good coppicing goes along way!
Hi Barry,Interesting to hear your opinion of the prairieblues series. I've only seen them in bloom in photographs which is probably misleading. However I have a couple of immature plants that are yet to bloom, so i hope I won't be too disappointed.
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