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Garden Gatherings: Purple Herbs Mini-Bouquet

purple herbs mini-bouquet purple plants in the garden purple perennials chives, sage, salvia

Hello friends! Today I am introducing a new series, “Garden Gatherings.” For this series I will be sharing various bouquets or flower and herb arrangements that I have created by simply using cuttings from whatever is growing in my garden at various times throughout the year.


In last week’s May Garden Update post I shared a few pictures of my current garden which is springing forth with an abundance of herbs and flowers with various shades of pretty purple blooms. Here you can see my garden sage (Salvia Officinalis) which has a mix of soft and bold purple blooms depending on the stage of bloom, juxtaposed against a large clump of blooming chives. Both of these herbs  were planted from 4 inch pots just last year.  


purple salvia

 The Blue Hill Meadow Sage (Salvia) is a favorite of pollinators.  Salvia is actually a member of the mint family.



As I was walking around the garden this weekend, I was inspired to create an informal, no-fuss monochromatic bouquet using what is currently growing. I think it turned out so pretty!  Here you can see how I used a very simple mix of chives, garden sage, purple salvia   and lavender,  The pretty little vase was a .25 Habitat Resale find.





Purple Chives (Allium Schoenoprasum) have become one of my favorite herbs over the past few years. I have several clumps growing around my garden and in also pots. One plant has even overwintered for several years in a large cast irons cauldron. 


honeybee chives garden plants for honeybees

Honeybees love chives too!







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This is my first time experimenting with a monochromatic bouquet and I have to say I am smitten! Such pretty purples!



I tucked in one sprig of  Anouk lavender (Spanish variety.) I am just now having success with one lavender plan that I planted directly in the ground last month, so I didn’t want to cut very many blooms just yet.


It was such a gloomy weekend that I didn’t have enough light to take pictures of my purple herbs bouquet styled indoors. Instead I just set up a pretty little scene out in the garden, using my rusty vintage cast iron garden furniture.



I also wanted to share this lone snapdragon that had toppled over to the ground. Isn’t it so pretty?






white snapdragon

These snapdragons planted from seed last year. They survived the horrible winter and the ice storm, even though they were supposed to be annuals!




I am looking forward to this melon colored snapdragon which will be blooming soon!




My other large chives plant is growing around the base of my old antique birdbath in the new cottage flower bed I have been working on.  I will miss the purple blooms in a couple of weeks, but I can look forward to a second and third blooming throughout summer if I remove  the spent flower heads.


purple chives






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 I decided to photograph the bouquet in this flower bed too. I am crazy about all these colors and textures.



My garden girl seems to be enjoying the bouquet as much as I am!



I hope this post has inspired you to try making a simple bouquet using whatever you have growing around your garden is in your garden! 




purple herbs mini-bouquet purple plants in the garden purple perennials chives, sage, salvia

Purple is not one of my favorite colors indoors or for clothing, but it is my favorite color in the garden! Do you grow purple flowers and herbs too? I love hearing from you, dear readers! Thanks for visiting today!


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  • Reply Cindy

    Hi Amber

    So many beautiful blooms in your garden. I am drooling over the little iron bench. It’s beautiful!!!

    May 18, 2021 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Tiffany Frost

    Wow, Amber! Your garden reminds me of an English garden with all the lovely flowers blooming among the cement fountains, statues and the rusting benches! It is all so beautiful!



    May 18, 2021 at 11:17 pm
  • Reply Pam Richardson

    Amber, I love your bouquet of purple. I think chive blooms are so pretty and their bloom is amazingly intricate. Gardening is a lot of work, but it has some wonderful rewards!

    May 20, 2021 at 9:12 am
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