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.
simple but stunning! You have a real gift Eliza.
Thanks so much for that wonderful compliment! 🙂
very beautiful, the white flower we have in our garden, too
Thank you, I appreciate your visit!
there is something about the color red that is so rich and powerful. Love it.
Thank you, Kim! It’s a warrior color, no wonder you love it! ;-D
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.
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). 😉
So lovely! 💕
Thanks so much, Georgetteann. Have a wonderful week!
And you as well, my friend! 😊
Stunning arrangement, Eliza. It’s such a wonderful combination. I also appreciate that you tell us something about the flowers and plants. 🙂
Thank you, Robin, so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
This is a stunning arrangement – absolutely gorgeous. 🙂
Thanks so much, Judy!
I love these, and too bad we don’t have them here.They are gorgeous!
Thank you, Maria. I think we appreciate each other’s climate vicariously!
You gave me a great idea for using my disobedient plant!
Go for it! 😀
Gorgeous gorgeous! I love the contrast of the red and white, just stunning!
Thank you so much, Julie! 🙂
You are an artist! Without fail your arrangements are always a real pleasure to look at.
Thank you so much, Debra. What a kind thing to say! 🙂
Beautiful and so elegant and restrained. I love Monarda but it seems to suffer from mildew here. Do you have this problem with it?
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.
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.
Thanks for the tip, Kathy!
This arrangement looks like a fireworks show.
I can see what you mean – it does! Thanks for your visit today. 🙂
Love this firecracker cracking arrangement Eliza! xo
Thanks, Val. If they were blooming a couple of weeks ago, this would have been great for the 4th. 🙂 Close enough, eh?
Close enough indeed! 🙂
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.)
😀 Well, thank you so much, M., that compliment just totally made my day! Now I have to go get my ego down out of the chandelier! 😉
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!
Thank you! There are so many flowers to learn, you will be a lifelong learner!
No doubt about that!
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! 🙂
I’m blushing… thanks, Dor! 🙂
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.
Thanks, Kathy. I have ripped the gooseneck out and started over once before, so it was pretty easy (at least so far!). 😉
What a splendid flower arrangement!
Thanks so much, Fi!
Fantastic! Simplicity and elegance at its best! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent:)
Thank you so much! 🙂
Dramatic arrangement, hot and cool at the same time. Thanks for the information, I was eyeing up my Lysimachia for next week’s arrangement!
Thanks, Noelle. Lysimachia is a winning cut flower. It lasts and lasts!