For this week’s vase, I’ve used a simple combination of only two flowers – scarlet beebalm (Monarda didyma) and white gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides). The white helps cool down the red-hot beebalm. A few Christmas fern fronds (Polystichum acrostichoides) were added for a green accent. An unadorned, Chinese-style, black glass vase compliments the simple design.
Polystichum acrostichoides and Monarda didyma are native to the eastern United States from Maine to Georgia, and west to the Mississippi River. Beebalm leaves can be made into a paste to soothe bee stings or drunk as a flavorful tea.
Lysimachia clethroides is native to China and Japan and can be aggressive in the garden, but I find it fairly easy to curb by pulling the stolons back in early spring. It makes an attractive planting in en masse, and is a long-lasting cut flower.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly vase with a link to Cathy’s blog.