When I was much younger, long before I ever thought about putting my hands in dirt, I took note of one certain garden. It stood out, not for what it had in it, but for what it didn't.
Where was this garden? Texas. In the summer. Add those two up and you get - HOT!!! Our summer temperatures get extreme (over 100F some years), our humidity is high, and it gets difficult just running from the air conditioning of the house to the air conditioning of the car without breaking a sweat.
Row after row of homes flaunted their red roses, their colorful zinnias, and their sunny marigolds. This garden had none of that. This garden was different.
This garden was done in all cool colors. It was like a sweet, secret oasis.
I felt 10 degrees cooler just driving by it.
I've been thinking about that garden as the temperatures begin to soar. And about plants that are visually refreshing.
Gardenias, hydrangeas, blue- and purple-flowered plants like buddleia (butterfly bush), salvias, laurentia (blue star flower), platycodon (balloon flower), and blue asters. Evergreens, of course. Soft greys like stachys (lambs ear), lavender, artemisia, nepeta (catmint), hostas. Caladiums in green and white.
These are the plants that I'm enjoying right now. What's your favorite 'cool' plant?