This is a section of the Birthday Garden, which is a somewhat raised bed sandwiched between the driveway and the house. At the base of the stone wall, looking rather pale, are some Colchicum byzantinum. Above them is an unknown chrysanthemum, which Debi Lampman of Bedlam Gardens in King Ferry, NY gave to me this spring, when I visited her in the course of researching an article on gardening hotspots in Ithaca. Next to the mum, Colchicum ‘Lilac Wonder’ emerges from the blue-green foliage of a catmint (Nepeta sp.). I got it from Bluestone Perennials as ‘Six Hills Giant,’ but it has never gotten as tall as I had been led to expect. But it smells wonderful when brushed against and works well where it is, so who cares? In the back, Aster ‘Lady in Black’ is in full bloom. I have to agree with Judith, this is a great plant. Earlier in the year, the dark maroon foliage contrasts deliciously with the pale yellow blossoms of Cephalaria gigantea. (You can just see the foliage of the Cephalaria peeking out from behind the mum.) And I just got done moving my grown-from-seed pink trumpet lilies in front of this aster. As you can see from the picture here, the backs of the lilies will echo the foliage of the aster nicely.
But what do you think: do these purply-pinks all work well together, or do they clash?