Life is an evolutionary process. When I was a teen, the only color I wanted in my gardens was red. Red day lilies, red zinnias, red petunias — red. Really red. I asked Mom and Dad to buy us a red car, but they were much older, and that never did happen.
I’m a lot older now, too, and I’ve come to appreciate another color entirely. One that plays well in Fort Worth (Thank you, TCU.), and one that would play well for gardeners if they can only acquire the taste.
It’s purple, and I’ve called you here today to share with you all the good things I know about my new favorite shade. (That’s a sentence I never would have dreamed about saying several decades ago.)
Why Purple Rocks …
Purples, by comparison, combine well with almost all other colors. You’ll see it most dramatically in six or eight weeks, when crape myrtles hit their peak bloom. Purple types like Catawba and Twilight can be planted alongside all other typical crape myrtle shades.
Purples, greens, blues and lavenders, by comparison are “cool” colors. They’re the colors assigned to snow and ice, and we perceive them as chilling. That’s a great mind-set in mid-July, when the thermometer is kicking past 100 by the middle of the morning each day. We can use just about any type of cooling, whether real or imagined.
Best of the Purple Annuals