Another beautiful mistake in the garden

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog beautiful accident monardaIt's another happy accident in the garden. Bee balm flowers mixed with the variegated foliage of 'Painter's Palette.'

The garden proves time and time again that it's in charge...not the gardener.

Sitting out on the patio I noticed the monarda had flopped over and was growing up through 'Painter's Palette' (Persicaria virginiana (Variegata Group) 'Painter's Palette').

This is a combination I'd never event thing about. Since I didn't get the monarda (bee balm) staked, the stems found a way to intermingle with 'Painter's Palette' foliage.

It's a wonderful perennial plant which was a gift from Paul McKenna, the mayor of Churchill and gardener extraordinaire. I sprouts with the wonderful variegated foliage and then blooms with long, thin red flowers.

You can see how the monarda works perfectly, picking up the slight red variegation of the 'Painter's Palette.'

Sometimes the most beautiful combinations in the garden are by accident. Maybe I shouldn't admit it, but I'm happy for the garden to do a little of the work.


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