The lisianthus plants have finally started to bloom – and they’re gorgeous. Let’s face it, I don’t have the best record when it comes to growing lisianthus. This year, however, it appears that I have finally succeeded. To celebrate, I thought I would make a cut flower arrangement using the first blooms.
The lisianthus that I’m growing this year are from the voyager series. Below are the Voyager pink lisianthus. I bought these plants to grow from plugs after failing miserably to start the seeds. Maybe one of these days I’ll develop the needed skills for success – but not this year!
Voyager pink starts out as a really nice pale pink when they first open. Over time, it seems that the flowers become more ruffled and the color deepens. Here in my hot weather, these flowers go from tightly closed to completely open within hours. Actually picking them at the right time has been impossible. Luckily, they have a long vase life regardless of when you finally harvest them. I just love those ruffles….
I also picked some ‘Red Sea’ ageratum from the yard. Even though it’s called ‘Red Sea’, you’ll notice that it has much more of a purple tone. This purple ended up complimenting the baby pink lisianthus very nicely.
The Thai basil was also beginning to flower. It made an excellent choice for filler/foliage, as the leaf shape helps to create a rather sophisticated looking backdrop for all the focal flowers. Not to mention, basil always smells absolutely wonderful when used in these cut flower arrangements.
Minus that huge pile of garden crap in the background, I think this turned out rather well. Are you growing lisianthus this year? If so, I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below. Thank you so much for reading. I hope that you’re having a wonderful day!