|Clematis viticella 'Etoile Violette'|
Purple, in various shades, is the prominent colour seen around the gardens at the moment. Three plants contributing to this purple fest are clematis, nicotiana and salvia.
Using a climbing rose as support, the vigorous Clematis viticella 'Etoile Violette' is scrambling up the south facing wall of one of the 13th century cottages. Planted last year, the section of wall is now covered in a profusion of deep purple, single flowers with creamy yellow centres.
|Nicotiana 'Perfume Deep Purple'|
Beneath the clematis can be found the tobacco plant Nicotiana 'Perfume Deep Purple'. Sown in March, this half hardy annual has just started to produce its star shaped deep purple flowers along a slender stem.
Not to be out done by the clematis and nicotiana, to the right of them, Salvia 'Amistad' is also producing its own show, long upright stems of purple flowers are enhanced by the near black calyces.
|Shades Of The Colour Purple|
Three different shapes of flowers, three different shades of purple all adding to this wonderful purple fest.