In A Vase On Monday – Red & White

IMG_6091For this week’s vase, I’ve used a simple combination of only two flowers – scarlet IMG_6098beebalm (Monarda didyma) and white gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides). IMG_6102The 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.

IMG_6096Polystichum 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.

About Eliza Waters

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50 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Red & White

  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    simple but stunning! You have a real gift Eliza.

  2. taphian says:

    very beautiful, the white flower we have in our garden, too

  3. there is something about the color red that is so rich and powerful. Love it.

  4. Christina says:

    You have created a beautiful elegant arrangement with two very simple flowers, very accomplished, I always think I should be able to grow Monarda but never see them for sale here.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Christina. That’s too bad about monarda, I have at least four different colors and really enjoy them as do the pollinators. They are quite hardy and would probably be [too] successful there (being stoloniferous, they don’t play well with others). 😉

  5. Robin says:

    Stunning arrangement, Eliza. It’s such a wonderful combination. I also appreciate that you tell us something about the flowers and plants. 🙂

  6. This is a stunning arrangement – absolutely gorgeous. 🙂

  7. Maria F. says:

    I love these, and too bad we don’t have them here.They are gorgeous!

  8. You gave me a great idea for using my disobedient plant!

  9. Jewels says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous! I love the contrast of the red and white, just stunning!

  10. Debra says:

    You are an artist! Without fail your arrangements are always a real pleasure to look at.

  11. Chloris says:

    Beautiful and so elegant and restrained. I love Monarda but it seems to suffer from mildew here. Do you have this problem with it?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Chloris. PM is not too bad on my monarda, mostly on my garden phlox…my monarda are isolated by themselves in open spaces where there is good air circulation.

    • Kathy Sturr says:

      I have a master gardener friend who sprinkles the soil around her phlox with sulfur each spring and she enjoys beautiful mildew-free phlox all summer. Not sure if it would work on Monarda – Eliza is right good air circulation. I have a patch in along my driveway which is always a bit breezy.

  12. charcamolson says:

    This arrangement looks like a fireworks show.

  13. Val Boyko says:

    Love this firecracker cracking arrangement Eliza! xo

  14. mk says:

    My first reaction to this arrangement – Oh wow, oh wow.
    On a scale of 1 to 10, this is a 20. You are an artist. (And a true naturalist, of course. A high accomplishment all by itself.)

  15. arlingwoman says:

    That loosestrife is really beautiful, revealed, of course, by the good photo. Beautiful arrangement, as usual. I like these because I’m always learning a flower name!

  16. dorannrule says:

    That is a most elegant and striking arrangement Eliza. You really know what you’re doing and I agree, you are definitely a true artist! 🙂

  17. Kathy Sturr says:

    Spectacular arrangement Eliza! Against all warnings I grow gooseneck but it is in a very shady spot and really has not spread. I am tempted to move some to a better spot to enjoy.

  18. ladyfi says:

    What a splendid flower arrangement!

  19. srickman2014 says:

    Fantastic! Simplicity and elegance at its best! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent:)

  20. Noelle says:

    Dramatic arrangement, hot and cool at the same time. Thanks for the information, I was eyeing up my Lysimachia for next week’s arrangement!

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