Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Geranium 'Ann Folkard' and Eupatorium rugosum

Geranium 'Ann Folkard' always finds her way moving in and around and about, intertwining and mounding among the various plants in the garden, and that is what I love so much about her. Neither the Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum') nor Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' (White Snakeroot) seem to mind the snuggling effect.

Magenta with a black eye and stunning yellow to chartreuse foliage, it complements E. rugosum with its handsome chocolate-purple young foliage, veining and underside.

Here, I wrote about Eupatorium purpureum, but as it wanes, E. rugosum will delight all summer long and continue to do so into fall. As most other flowers have faded, this charmer will begin blooming late September, sending forth a bouquet of tiny white flowers atop these 5 foot shining deep purple stems.

Although it prefers moist shade, it has adapted handsomely to light shade and only one 30-minute weekly watering in our garden.