Mexican petunia - FineGardening
This three-foot-tall evergreen shrub bears many tubular, blue or purple, petunia-like flowers on dark stems over a long period.
Persian shield - FineGardening
A soft-stemmed shrub grown for its extraordinary foliage, Persian shield has thick, quilted purple leaves to 6 inches long splashed with iridescent pewter or silver.
Tithonia "Fiesta del Sol" planted with dark purple Salvia splendens This is the first time I have grown the dwarf form of this Mexican sunflower. I have it planted in a large shallow bowl combined with purple Salvia and some 'spillover' succulents around the edge.The succulents have been somewhat hidden by the Tithonia leaves. The pumpkin orange flowers stand above the coarsely hairy leaves on compact 25cm plants and are easy to snip off when spent, ensuring a continuous long flowering…