Saturday, 16 May 2009

Another newbie: Lipstick & Golden Jubilee

Although I've been growing the plants for over a year now, this accent composition was just created this spring: Fragaria chiloensis 'Lipstick' and Agastache foeniculum 'Golden Jubilee'.

Both plants came from the same alpine nursery in Austria.

I've always liked playing with lines and colours, and what perhaps doesn't show as well in this photo is the marked difference in the shades of the leaves, plus the contrast of the shocking pink flowers vs the almost-yellow leaves of the agastache. And the pink tones of the strawberry are echoed by the stems of the agastache, complemented by the reddish-brown colour of the pot. (Pot is by Walsall, BTW.)

The Golden Jubilee looks very much like a coleus, so I had to look it up to check if it was of the same family. Internet search shows that 'A. foeniculum is a herbaceous perennial with mid-green, lance-shaped leaves that taste and smell of licorice. In summer, it bears spikes of lavender-blue flowers that are attractive to butterflies and bees...' and that it is '... neither Anise (which is Pimpinella anisum, not even in the same Plant Family) nor Hyssop (which is Hysoppus officinalis), although the scent is the same as Anise.'

As for the strawberry, apparently F. chiloensis will produce large, edible berries. Hmm. Wonder if they'd come out the same shade of pink?! Imagine that on a pavlova.

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