There are many times in the garden when serendipity trumps thoughtful planning. This pot of cordyline is a perfect example.
It looked pretty nice throughout the season, bringing a dash of color to the boxwoods and Miscanthus 'morning light' grasses that surround it. The stronger vertical shape and texture of the cordyline contrasted nicely with the thin, fountain-like filaments of the grasses, too.
But it wasn't until now, when the grasses began flowering, that I realized what a great combination I luckily stumbled upon. The color of the muted red cordyline is a perfect match for the color of the morning light's flowers.
Martha Stewart couldn't have done better had she come in and said, "put that with that!" It's a combo that I will make good use of next year when I'll claim it was all very thoughtfully planned.