Another seven for autumn: favourite balcony colours & plants

Here's another post inspired by Gayla's “Seven things (plus some extra fun things at the end)” meme: seven favourite colours & plants in my balcony garden these past three autumns (2007-09).

1) Purple Violas


This variety is 'Plum Velvet'. It has shown resilience and vigour -- it survived heat and drought while I was unexpectedly away from my garden for 5 days in late September.


2) Red-violet pansies




3) Yellow violas

Sunshine      Lemon & Mahogany 1

'Lemon Chiffon', a sunny face on a grey, rainy fall day.


4) Black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens')

An excellent foil for other plant colours and textures:

Pot of pansies and grasses 1      Two favourites: black mondo grass & pansies


5) Acer palmatum dissectum 'Inaba shidare'

Drops of rain on cascading leaves of rice ('Inaba shidare')

Both photos taken the same day showing colour variation between leaves at the top of the tree and those at the bottom.

Japanese maple 'Inaba shidare'


6) Heuchera 'Peach Flambe'


Top photo taken a few days ago; bottom photo, two years ago.

Magpie Girl

Confession: In the top photo, the heuchera is in its new "home" (since spring), the partially shaded rockery in my Mom's garden. It's much happier there than in the container on my balcony where it was getting cramped plus occasionally sun-baked.


7) White Westie - Technically fauna rather than flora but he likes to plant himself in the sun between the black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' ) and Heuchera 'Obsidian'.