In a Vase on Monday: Diversity

The word “diversity” pops up in all sorts of contexts these days, but as I picked the flowers for my vase this morning I was very aware of the diversity of shapes and textures as well as the origins of my plants. The dictionary definition included the following: “the quality or state of having many different forms, types, etc….. different cultures in a group…”. Very appropriate, as I look at the native wild Teucrium, Japanese anemones, Hydrangeas and mint, to name but a few…


I shall try and list all the flowers and foliage I included – I did go a bit overboard, but wanted something big this week!

Silver birch foliage, Japanese anemone, Buddleia alternifolia stem, Buddleia buds, Hydrangeas (deep red and pale pink), Heuchera, Apple mint, Perovskia, various grasses, Teucrium (wild T. chamaedrys and T. hircanicum), Zinnias, a white Cleome, a sedum bud, Geranium phaeum, and a pink antirrhinum.


The Cleome certainly looks exotic, with its spidery petals, and yet the Anemones are so familiar it is hard to imagine European gardens without them. All these foreigners crowding into gardens do create greater diversity indeed.


I wonder how many plants in my garden are actually of German/ Central European origin!


… something for me to ponder over during the summer.

Thanks as always to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme.


39 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Diversity

    • Sadly the Hydrangea is already going over. I hope it might produce a few more flowers in a month or so as there are some hopeful buds. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The garden is outdoing itself this year, with warmth AND moisture. The white Cleome was in a mix last year – but only white ones flowered. I was so taken by them that I saved lots of seed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. The red of the hydrangea is beautiful, a recent report in the uk concluded that life for the pollinators would be poorer if they had to rely on only our native plants who have such a short flowering period.

  2. Yes, what a yummy selection – and the photos make the vase look so much bigger in the first picture than the last! Interesting to see wild teucrium. Love that cleome! i trimmed the flowers from my mint a few days and consigned them to the compost heap before realising how pretty they would look in a vase…!

    • I often find the contents of my vase start off with prunings! The mint looks lovely in flower, but it does tend to spread too much if left. I wasn’t sure about the wild flower at first, but then saw that the leaves are practically identical to the Teucrium in the rockery, which helped me identify it!

    • When I saw your question about the red hydrangea I proudly fetched the label I had carefully saved – I knew exactly where it was – and what did it say? “Hydrangea”! Well, I am sure I have mentioned before how German garden centres are not really interested in providing gardeners with information here, but just with selling there mass-produced blooms! I must add that they have improved vastly since I have been gardening here though… ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. All those flowers make an exuberant summer display, Cathy! I don’t think I’ve ever seen hydrangeas in such a wonderful, deep color before. As to the Japanese anemones, I’m amazed every time I see them in the posts of the European bloggers – they’re a fall flower here.

  4. How clever of you to see the beautiful diversity in your garden and celebrate it! If only we did this so perfectly in our individual communities, right? Your thoughts made me smile, however, as I am working on substituting many of my existing plants for an increase in California natives. So I guess I’m actually working against diversity. I sure hadn’t considered that before. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your bouquets are always lovely but this week, spectacular. The Cleome really is a show-stopper.

    • Thank you Debra! I suppose native is best when faced with certain climate issues such as drought, and I do love seeing native wild flowers in gardens, but I just enjoy growing anything that brings colour and bees and butterflies into my little world! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. That is a stunning bouquet. It’s pretty difficult for anyone to grow those deep red Hydrangeas here but they make a striking addition to the mix. I think we are all growing lots of things with Germanic origins if we go back and look. Hard to tell when they come up with Anglicized names for marketing purposes.

    • That hydrangea was new thus spring, and is in a pot right now, so it will be interesting to see what colour it is next year after being planted out in autumn!

  6. What a beautifully lush bouquet ๐Ÿ™‚ Your hydrangea is marvelous, and I have to laugh about the label, though I’m likely to get very frustrated when it happens to me! I think it’s wonderful to discover the plants that come from similar climates all over the world and use them together to make a garden…

    • It certainly makes our gardens brighter and extends the flowering season if we use a variety of plants. Natives are certainly good for the birds and bees, but why not add a few more for fun! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. I don’t think you went overboard at all. Your vase is gorgeous. I love that deep purple hydrangea. That’s gorgeous. All of mine are struggling in this heat. I may have to retire them as well and work toward more native plants. Sigh.

    • Thanks Alys, that Hydrangea has now gone over already but was a real show. Yes, sometimes the natives just cope better with the conditions on offer.

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