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Plant Combinations -- Why It Matters

Category: landscape design | Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:53 pm

Lately, I'm a bit obsessed. My garden of the past few years is starting to come into it's own (despite my plans to start over). Along the way, some beautiful plant combinations have poked their heads up.

I have even found myself moving annuals at the nursery so they show off their colors better. Obsessed? A bit. This picture is Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline Bronze' and Nemesia fruticans 'Aromatica Violet Ice'. They're gorgeous together!

Ipomoea batatas & Nemesia fruticans ( photo / image / picture from Creative_1's Garden )

Blue Oat grass -- have you noticed how many plants it looks great with? This picture shows it with Heuchera, but I also love it with May Night Salvia.

blue oat grass n heuchera palace purple ( photo / image / picture from Creative_1's Garden )

This picture could be better, but the cool green of the fern with the Black Lace Elderberry are mingling beautifully. This is on the East side of the house which probably explains why my fern is not toast.

black lace elderberry and fern ( photo / image / picture from Creative_1's Garden )

So, WHY do plant combinations matter? Why not show off your best plant with the best combination? If you love a red, red, rose, plant it poking out of Blue Oat grass or in front of a deep green yew.

Taking the time to put plants together that really show each other off -- it's fun! In fact, when I shop for my containers in the spring, that's exactly what I do. Grab a begonia and walk around to see what really looks good with it.

Anyone else have some great plant combinations -- let me know!

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Frank wrote on Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:49 pm:

You have a garden designer in you Creative. Your colour combinations really work. It's a nice obsession you have there.


Creative_1 wrote on Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:03 pm:

Thanks, Frank! That would be good, since that's what they pay me for. ;)

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