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Jeff, Gardener in Chief

Contrary to popular opinion, some people in the Hamptons enjoy getting their hands dirty. I'm a self-taught gardener in East Hampton, NY that enjoys sharing my gardening experiences and inspiration with others. Hope you enjoy my blog and galleries.

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Purple Passion

Purple is one of my favorite flower colors.  I feel like it is almost a neutral.  It looks good with silvers, oranges, yellows and pinks.  It helps blend more conflicting colors as well.

The most brilliant purple flower blooming right now is from the Purple Tiers lacecap hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata 'Miyama-yae-Murasaki').  The purple almost glows in the dappled shade.  And it needs no soil amendments to keep this color from year to year.  As you can see from the pictures, the flowers range from blue purple to rose purple on the same plant.

Unlike the oakleaf hydrangea mentioned yesterday, there is no question to this plant's heritage.  It's a beautiful Japanese import that looks perfect against the native ostrich and royal ferns.  Its blooms last briefer than some hydrangeas, but it is a wonderful color addition in late June/early July.

I never find this sort of plant locally so I ordered it from  Have had good success with their plants and like their big selection.  It arrived about 24 inches high and is now about four feet high three years later.





Reader Comments (6)

I love the your garden. Thank you for sharing. TIm

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertim

Love your hydrangeas. Thanks for sharing.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarole

Really Purple is one of my favorite flower colour. lovely flowers!!!!!!!!" rel="nofollow">backyard design

July 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbackyard designer

Just planted a patch of summer aster (Aster x frikartii 'Jungfrau' ). Haven't bloomed yet, but will share when they do.

Hi, Jeff...I just bought a Purple Tiers from Wilkerson Mill Gardens ( I am lucky to live here in Atlanta and can go to their farm...what a delight! I thought the pictures of this plant were beautiful, so can't wait to get it in the ground and watch it bloom next year. Thanks for your pictures, I plan to plant some ferns around this plant similar to what you show in the picture. I am not putting the plant in direct sun, really hot here in the summer, but the area gets lots of bright shade. Thanks again!

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda R

If you like purple, try" rel="nofollow">'Raydon's Favorite' asters. The have a great purple flower that looks good among other autumn foliage.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff, Gardener in Chief

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