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Purple and green

Here the satiny black-purple flowers of an unnamed Aquilegia complement the young purple foliage of Penstemon 'Husker's Red,' the pallid Onoethera, and the fresh green growth on the yew. If this columbine had a name, Aquilegia vulgaris 'Purple Martin' would be a good fit -- like all columbines, its blooms look like a flock of birds.

Photographed May 2002