Flower spotlight: Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate
"Kiss me over the garden gate" is a flower with a bloom that is as fun and whimsical as the name, and it seems the perfect option to spotlight during the month of love. Also known as lady’s fingers, prince or princess feather, and oriental persicaria, it originated in China and has been naturalized in Uzbekistan and more temperate climates in regions of Australia and Asia.
This pretty perennial grows quickly and features spiked blooms in pinks, purples, reds, magenta, and even white that flower above the foliage. "Kiss me over the garden gate" manages to look bold and delicate at the same time, making it a great choice for unique bouquets and arrangements. As a bonus, they are also very easy to care for.
Made famous by President Thomas Jefferson, who was a big fan of these particular flowers and featured them prominently in his gardens, these heirloom blooms grow up to 7 feet tall and will self-seed in the fall when planted outdoors. They might be a little hard to upstage with their romantically cascading clusters, so it’s best to pair them with flowers like dahlias, roses, alstroemeria, monstera leaves, spider mums, and cosmos.
If your person loves baskets of blooms, opt for a fun wicker basket and fill it with magenta "kiss me over the garden gate", white spray roses, variegated cosmos, and tall greenery. For a more elegant look, try a translucent glass vase with some "kiss me", zinnias, and a few intensely blue delphinium. You can also just toss a big bunch of them into a silver metal pitcher and call it good! They look great pretty much anywhere.
They also dry well and are used frequently in dried arrangements, wreaths, and crafts. There are so many ways to incorporate "kiss me over the garden gate" into unique arrangements to make a bold yet whimsical statement.
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