Every gardener knows that some of the best plant combinations are completely unplanned. So it was with these pink and white cosmos and the pink, perennial Lathyrus latifolius. Last year I planted scented sweet peas up cane obelisks surrounded with cosmos and it worked well but not quite as beautifully as this combination. I planted two pots, either side of a garden door and arch, with plectranthus and cosmos. The arch is planted with a white clematis and, for years, the perennial, scentless, pink Lathyrus latifolius scrambled up and swamped the clematis. But for some reason, this year it did not come up in spring. Maybe the mild wet winter did not suit it but in May there was no sign of it. A few seedlings popped up in the gravel, as I expected, but the main plant looked as though it was dead. Until June. Suddenly it started to grow and was soon as big as ever.
I have had to restrict its size a bit but I let it ramble over the planted pots and the colour of the lathyrus is just perfect for the cosmos.
It is a marriage made in heaven and I will definitely repeat it next year.
The word ‘serendipity’ was coined by Horace Walpole in a letter he wrote in 1754. He apparently created it from the title of a Persian story of The Three Princes of Serendip. Serendip was an old name for Sri Lanka and the three princes were always making unintended discoveries just by chance.