Roses are beautiful by themselves but colour coordinating the other plants around them enhances their presence in the garden.
The long red flower stems of Amaranthus are certainly eye-catching. It self-seeds happily so I'm beginning to wonder if it is a weed. I don't seem to have it in my garden this year because we've mulched with newspaper and bark so I guess it can't be too invasive.
The Belladona lily is also commonly called the "Naked Lady". I think this is because the flowers shoot from the bulb on long slender stems as soon as the autumn rains begin and the leaves don't appear until quite a bit later.
This is a collage, made with Picasa, of the many flowers with shades of purple in my garden at this time of the year.
This is Society Garlic or Tulbaghia violacea. Once I made the mistake of planting it under my bedroom window and so when the breeze would blow across the plant and the room would smell of garlic. (oops)
It is a tough plant that flowers for long periods. Apparently the leaves and flowers can be eaten and used as garnish but I've never tried them.
These are the stunningly coloured leaves of the Rubylace Gledistia (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis 'Rubylace').
(Mum always says that you don't always need flowers if you have the right foliage plants in your garden.)
2011- 365 Challengers