Mexican Evening Primrose and Osteospermum
Originally uploaded by gardenwiseguy
I was poring through my photo library and this sweet image popped up. Two very simple, easy to grow plants coexisting side by side made such a lovely combination that I had to snap this shot. The pink Mexican Evening Primrose (Oenothera berlandieri) can become pretty invasive in a well-watered garden, but can be a great slope holder in the right circumstances. It's purple partner (Osteospermum fruticosum - African Daisy) is another tough guy, but you wouldn't know it from the flowers.
I'm going to revisit this planting to see how Darwinism applies - who will prevail? I'd love to see the Primose scampering through the Daisy, a tangle of the two colors playing off each other.
If you look closely, the margins of the Primrose petals deepen to a richer pink that makes a nice transition to the purple beyond.
Nothing profound here. Please move along. Thank you.