Purple foliage is striking against a landscape of green, pops against neutral-colored siding, and can add color to a garden year-round. For Cindy Haynes, associate professor of horticulture at Iowa State University, a plum tree planted her passion for the purple pigment, and her garden hasn't been the same since.
"You don't want an all purple foliage garden because then nothing stands out," Haynes says. "I've tried it, I know."
On this Talk of Iowa, Haynes joins Charity Nebbe for this week's horticulture day. Haynes recommends a variety of shrubs, flowering plants, and trees to add to your garden. Ninebarks, little devils, coleus, black snakeroot, royal raindrops, prairie fire, and Norway maples are just a few options to bring violets and burgundies into your life.
Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension horticulture specialist, also joins Haynes as they answer listener questions.