For example, last summer I saw the most amazingly simple combination of plants. Vitex agnus-castus, underplanted with purple-leaved Heuchera, separated by clumps of Perovskia atriplicifolia, all abloom at once, all thriving in an inhospitable stretch of highway median. Looking velvety cool, despite the blazing hot pavement, probably at 130 degrees or more, and refreshingly delicate among the chaos of rush hour traffic. The sight convinced me that purple should be the backbone of the new garden I hope to establish this year to replace my overgrown, faltering butterfly garden.
Purple shines in winter as well as summer.
|Some plants shimmer despite the frigid weather.|
|Even the decorative cabbage is layered with purple tones.|
|Monet's Garden Trays from Two's Company|
|Cowtan and Tout's Mackinaw is lush with autumnal colors,|
but it's really the bits of purple that give it that extra something.
|Thibaut's new collection, called Biscayne, includes this tropical floral.|
Lucala in Linen and Plum
|Detail of Lucala|
|Detail of coordinating Rinca wallpaper, also in Plum.|
Both Lucala and Rinca come in printed fabric and wallpaper.
And perhaps no one understands this better than the creative team at Manuel Canovas.
Founded in 1963 by its namesake, Manuel Canovas Paris quickly became known for textiles, both for fashion and home, in bold patterns,
|As you know, I'm a big fan of chrysanthemum and Penelope.|
Seen here in Prune and Rouge.
|Bagatelle in Magnanese|
chic and oriental;
|Sultan in Fuschia|
gorgeous rifts on traditional toile;
|Bengal in Grenat|
|Cerisy (my favorite toile of all time), seen here in Prune,|
is both warm and vibrant with a cream-yellow background,
ivory accents and rich raisin purple.
Bengal and Cerisy are available as fabric and wallpaper.
and stunning color combinations…
|Byzance, a linen-silk blend, in Rubis|
usually with shades of purple.
|Although these are the "taupe" versions of Aurore and|
|Dara, they seemed infused with dark and bright purples.|
|Maroquin, in Cassis, is beautifully textured.|
|Safari in Lilas|
|Shetland, a wool-blend plaid, comes in several color combinations,|
including Amethyste and Taupe.
|Tamia in Parme is sturdy enough for outdoor use.|
|Fiesta in Amethyste... embroidery on linen-viscose|
|Nimes in Basilic... embroidery on viscose-silk|
|Silk Charlotte in the softest Mauve|
|And Bastide is a damask of fire-resistant Trevira fabric.|
Seen here in Parme
|Belem in Lie de Vin...|
the color of wine.
|Spritely Marly comes in the popular French color known as Parme,|
which I think of as the hue of spring crocus.
|Foch, a luxurious cotton velvet, comes in five shades of purple,|
including Quetsche... a dark, luscious plum and
|Glycine... like racemes of wisteria.|
|Zenith in Violine,|
|Vence in Oeillet|
|and Vallauris in Pensee, recall Deco-era resorts on the French Riviera.|
|Calypso in Fuschia and|
|Nautilus in Lilas aren't your usual beach-inspired patterns!|
|Tarascon, seen here in Parme and Violine, may be the perfect stripe.|
|Champs-Elysee, a linen-viscose weave, comes in Raisin (seen here),|
as well as Lilas and Violette.
|Voyage en Chine in Prune|
|The chairs sport a cotton-linen weave called Ales...|
here in Amethyste...
and the draperies are the finely-embroidered Beauregard.
|Ales in Parme|
|Beauregard in Nattier Rouge or|
|Le Cabinet de Curiosite in Amethyste|