I know you needed this! You need color! You are sick of the white of the snow and you are not looking forward to the meltdown of March and the April's rains, so this is the reason I give you a July plant combination from 2013!
The booms are: Purple Coneflower or Echinacea purpurea (zone 3-8), Blue Balloon flower or Platycodon grandiflorus "Sentimental Blue" (zone 3-8) and Hosta "Friends"
I originally planted this bed with Echinacea "Twilight" ( a cross of E. paradoxacrossed with E. purpurea), which was supposed to be close to a red color. Over the years, the original plants disappeared and the seedlings that appeared look very much like the Echinacea purpurea I have in other beds. It might be that this hybrid was not stable and reverted to one of the stronger genes of the mix. I don't mind is so much since butterflies, hummingbirds and golden finches like it as much as in red.
The butterflies were so fearless this summer. My husband placed his hand under this bloom that had the butterfly on and the butterfly didn't care. Oh no! It wasn't dead! Just comfortable around us!
For more blue colored plants you can visit my older post link: Blue in our garden
Hosta "Friends" (zone 3-8) emerges chartreuse and brightens to yellow. The rippled leaves have a slight twist at the end. Lavender flowers with white throats top the clump in July.
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