I used to wonder about all of the fuss over Amsonia as I looked at the struggling pallid specimens in our new garden... until I saw a specimen of Hubricht's amsonia in full sun at the JC Raulston Arboretum, and then an Amsonia tabernaemontana deep in the dappled shade of a slough on our farm. It's all about location. The Hubricht's Amsonia at the Arboretum was full and lush and feathery, the perfect foliage plant. In contrast the Amsonia from our farm is a sickly yellow-green in full sun, and the true light blue flowers manage to clash with everything. Give it some shade and it's transformed. The foliage is a wonderful shade of blue-tinted green that is a perfect complement to the flowers.
The Baptisias are beautiful long before the flowers are fully open.
Purple would really tie the true blue amsonia, red columbine and white baptisia together, don't you think?
Vetch is about the closest to pink or purple that grows in this part of my garden, but it can't grow among the columbine because it will smother them. It does look good growing up the old stalks of Panicum though.
The color of Eastern Columbine can be hard to reconcile with the rest of the garden, although I love the flower form. There is a pastel version but naturally it hasn't popped up where I want it, nor have the ones I have transplanted lived. If I can get this new crop of Baptisia going there will be plenty of purple, since most of my blue baptisia are actually purple.
In addition to the lavender and blue-violet of Blue Baptisia, bright purple would be just the thing.
I have some iris going there but they are the white and yellow iris from GH's grandmother's garden. They look great there too with the white Baptisia and the yellow petticoats of the columbine and a planned pairing no less, but something's still missing...
deep rich royal purple.
Wishing you and yours a Happy Easter!