Erysimum Bowles Mauve

One of the big surprises this year was the full blossoming of  the Erysimum Bowles Mauve. Last year I described it as a plant that withstood the deer and rabbits, and provided a sparse blossom here and there on a lovely spiral shoot above a mound of green. This year I was amazed to find it blossoming entirely over it’s round, leafy green base.  I was expecting a few shoots with flower, but  I was amazed to discover a full display of lavender-colored blossoms!

BlueMauveThis is a plant I will seek out again for this tough environment.  There is an orange variety that may be worth the experiment.  (The plant below the eyrisimum is a creeping rosemary.)