For this week’s vase, I’ve used mauve heads of sedum (S. ‘Autumn Joy’), which are just beginning to deepen in color in my garden, maroon-purple sprigs of shiso (Perilla frutescens), an annual of the mint family that readily self-sows in my herb bed, and one of my favorite flowers at this time of year, heart-leaved aster, also known as blue wood aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium). This aster has attractive heart-shaped leaves, is covered with purple stars in September and is a long-lasting cut flower.
Shiso is a native of east Asia with heavily-veined, attractive purple foliage and was brought to the U.S. by immigrants, who use it as food and medicine. It can be used in stir-frying like basil, similarly possessing a strong flavor that reminds me of licorice. It has many medicinal properties which you can read about here. It self-sows to the point of invasiveness, but it is easy enough to control by weeding out unwanted seedlings in the spring.
To brighten things up, I added white spider flower (Cleome hassleriana) and my stalwart, white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata). Both self-sow in my garden every year and are my go-to flower when I need white in an arrangement.
My frosted, pink glass vase goes well with the floral colors this week, as does the terracotta bunny.
I’ve used my vintage, crocheted pansy doily, which was admired by Cathy at Words and Herbs when I used it under a vase in June. She created one of her own over the summer from the original 1949 pattern that her sister found on the internet. View her post to see what a great job she did! Isn’t the internet wonderful?
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.