Every now and then you visit or see a garden that just seems to exude perfection. It has most likely been well planned, both in plant material used and hardscape features. As in many other things, often plants just look better with some plants more than other plants. Often it’s because of colour, but other times it has as much to do with structure or foliage.
When partnering plants consideration must be given to their hardiness, growing requirements and habits as well as time of blooming. Whenever I see a particularly effective partnering, I make note of it for future gardening planning of my own.
The following plant pairings are some of my favourites that I have been able to use in our garden.
EUPHORBIA MYRSINITES and SPECIES TULIP LITTLE PRINCESS
This combo adds a punch of strong colour to the spring garden. The chartreuse of the spurge looks great beside the brilliant orange-red of the low growing tulip. Notice how the interior yellow of the tulip is drawn out. Once the tulips are finished, the unique ground hugging foliage of the spurge will carry the area for the rest of the season.
DAYLILY HYPERION and LUPINE CAMELOT YELLOW
Both these plants are tall and stately. The daylily is a lemon yellow with fragrant blooms that have an extended bloom time. This compliments the lupine in shades of soft butter yellow and cream. Both have attractive foliage and are deer resistant.
NEPETA SIX HILLS GIANT AND ORANGE ZINNIAS
Great plants for hot, dry garden areas. The blue-purple of nepeta is stunning with the bright orange of the zinnias. Long blooming and bushy plants together they fill in an area with a riot of colour for a long time.
ASTER F.M. and RUDBECKIA
Starting to bloom in late summer and continuing right until frost, these two plants mingle together to extend the gardening season. The softness of the lavender calms the bright yellow-orange of the rudbeckia. Both stand tall on their own and no staking is ever required. Both are also deer resistant.
VERBASCUM NIGRA and CAMPANULA GLOMERATA
The sulphur yellow of the verbascum blends well the blue-purple of the bellflowers. Both bloom for a long period and if de-headed will produce a second flush of blooms. The bellflowers nicely skirt the tall stems of the verbascum.
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