Rich Aubergine Perilla Adds Lovely Contrast to Summer Bouquets
Let me introduce you to Perilla frutescens.
It's an interesting plant in the garden beds at Springwell Gardens. But what's really great is how the leaves of this sultry, dark beauty set off a bouquet or centerpiece design with their delicate shape and subtle licorice fragrance.
Perilla frutescens is an annual plant that readily reseeds. In addition to its interesting dark foliage, it also produces delicate pink flower spires in September. If you let these flowers dry on the stems, the seeds will just fall to the ground and you have plants for years to come.
I have been using it for several years now in my summer and fall floral designs.