Thursday, June 07, 2012

A favorite plant combination right now: cerinthe and cabbage

The combo I'm loving right now
Our vegetable gardens live in our front yard because that's where the sun is. It's also where the self seeding cerinthe grows, much of it with wild abandon in the gravel paths or in the margins of the gravel paths to the beds. I love it. The blue and purple hues of the leaves outshine the blooms, and their pendulous nods are such pretty form. But combine them with purple cabbage and you have a favorite combination seen in our garden right now....

More cabbage and cerinthe

There's a backdrop there of bronze fennel that helps with the drama, and a row of romanesco cauliflower that will soon sport strange lime green cones within this sea of purple. For now, the cerinthe is blooming like crazy and the colors of our cool spring are glowing.

Cerinthe and purple cabbage in the garden: one of my favorite combinations


Bell and Star said...

Love it! Cerinthe makes everything look better.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I've never heard of Cerinthe. They are gorgeous! The foliage looks almost iridescent.

ricki 'sprig to twig' said...

What a combo...better than the sum of its parts, and that's saying something.