It's the first of the month, and I am sharing a Garden Oops. Joene has more on her GOOPS page where she invites us to chronicle our mistakes, so check those out too.
I'm not sure if this is my mistake in placing the wrong plants together, or if it's the plant breeders' mistake in crossing two nice plants and producing a muddled mix of both.
I have a 'Twilite Prairieblues' baptisia that fills the garden with beautiful form, and clean looking green leaves. I really like it. But I can't figure out what color the blooms are. They're weird.
To get this flower effect, the breeders crossed the classic yellow sphaerocarpa and blue australis varieties. I'm mystified. What would you call this color? The muddiness of the flowers is echoed in a compact Weigela 'My Monet' right below it, which has variegated foliage in deep pinks and tans, that somehow work to give this shrub the look of a brownish pile of leaves. The white edged hosta repeats the washed out theme. Nobody here is stepping up and declaring a color. In full sun it looks like everything rusted slightly and then faded.
Up close the 'Twilite Prarieblues' pea-like blooms are completely different, a smoky purple. It's been described as copper purple (huh?) with a yellow keel.
But step back and they become a funny metal / mauve hue.
Its indeterminate shade might look better with a saturated color close by, like the mahogany leaves of a Japanese maple. Or maybe it needs something deep green with bold foliage near it. The mound of weigela is echoing the baptisia's corroded color, not contrasting with it. This whole grouping is a portrait of oxidation.... look at the little iron garden ornament rusting on the right. Same exact color. You couldn't plan this stuff. (Obviously I didn't)
I have another baptisia that has lovely white blooms (Baptisia alba), which are very pretty. Unlike the 'Twilite Prairieblues', it has a rangy leggy form, doing nothing to fill its space, but its arching spires are nice above the other garden plants. And the usual blue and yellow baptisias I have seen are beautiful.
But 'Twilite Prairieblues' is a blend that did not get the best from either parent. By midsummer when it is just foliage and green leaves, it won't be so bad. But in late May, this plant is a bafflement, with flowers in a color I can't name, and in a shade that won't play with the others around it.
Baptisias don't move well, with their long tap roots, so my best bet might be to move the little weigela. What would you put beneath the baptisia instead? What color goes with faded rust?
UPDATE JUNE 2:
Curtis suggested cutting them and enjoying them inside. Oh, so much better: