David and I went to Home Depot recently to find some new flowers for the little patch of garden next to the front steps. In the background is an old garden rose, but we’ve designated the front area for annual “color spots,” that we could have fun with and not spend a fortune. Usually we try only to buy perennials, except with our vegetable garden.
For Fall we’ve decided to go with gorgeous and cheery ‘Rhapsody’ garden mums paired with ‘Kamome Red’ ornamental kale. Instead of red, the heart of the kale actually looks more purple/magenta which is similar to the color of the mums. I love the balance of flowers to foliage and the contrasting textures. I feel very grown up for choosing this combination. I think a lot of people dismiss ornamental cabbages and kales as ugly or boring, but this pairing really brings out the beauty and uniqueness in both.