Post photos of Pretty Combos...

prairiemoon2 z6 MAMay 22, 2010

I saw a pretty combo in the garden today and here it is.....

Please post some of yours... :-)

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organic_kitten(8)

HL Young has been blooming for more than a month. I like the orange lilies with it.
kay

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 6:15PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

Close-up of emerging flowers on Sinocalycalycanthus 'Hartlage Wine' and emerging foliage of 'Gold Flame' Spirea.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 8:31PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

A view off my patio.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 11:10PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Vitex and hydrangea...

Dill and tomato...

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 9:57AM
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woodyoak zone 5 Canada(5b)

This probably doesn't count because it's from the shade garden, but I really like it. The trilliums are seeding around like mad and also spreading from offsets.

Kay's combo reminds me of one that happens here that I like. The neighbour's Jackmani clematis spills over the fence above some 'ditch' daylilies that were here when we came. I leave them in place because I like the combination. Purple and orange really do look good together. This picture was taken from the office window a few years ago.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 10:32AM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

These are all wonderful combos! I am especially interested in your Vitex and Hydrangea, natal, since I have two vitex that I planted last year and need to put something around them (one in front/side and the other out back). Mine is not blooming yet, but I am looking forward to seeing it pop.

Woody, I adore trilliums and they look fabulous with your hosta. I may just need to copy you if I can get some trillium to survive here.

All the others are terrific, too. Wish I had a little more sun-would love spirea and the dill and tomatoes is such a great textural combination. Wow. I wish my gardens looked as good as all of yours.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 11:06AM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Cyn, I don't know if abutilons are hardy in your zone, but that's another good combo. There are a couple in the background in that pic, but they're not easy to see.

Here's a pic from May 2008. I lost that abutilon during Hurricane Gustav in August '08. I planted rooted cuttings later that year, so what I have now is not yet as big as the original.

Here is a link that might be useful: abutilons

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 11:44AM
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threedogsmom(6b Carroll Valley PA)

Here are some closer-up combos from around the yard today in the rain/mist:

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 4:40PM
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token28001(zone7b NC)

"Bright Edge" yucca with Euphorbia "Blackbird". Other succulents include Hens and Chicks, tricolor sedum, and others.

This is a new bed, just filled it with stones from around the yard today. Need to get a few more sedums rooted and growing to fill out the pots. Trying to get a pup from a Blue Agave down the street for the back of the bed.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 6:28PM
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cindysunshine(5b)

I like this combination of a threadleaf verdigras japanese maples, bright asiatic lilies, a chartreuse hosta and the deep red foliage of the coral bells.

This one just makes me smile - my husband, our Shih Tzu puppy Muffin, and the combination behind them is the mounding cranesbill geraniums, a chartreuse spirea, and that tree is a cranberry viburnum that got so overgrown I pruned it up into a tree.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 9:58PM
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gldno1

Cindy, I love your last combo too; I have some of my husband caught unaware walking across the yard with the cats following him that I just love. It just tells you who he is.

Some of the pictures wouldn't load for me. I don't know why

Here is a color combo that I like. It is the Buff Beauty rose and I can't remember the name of the clematis. From Gardening 2010

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 5:52AM
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carrieburgess3(5 NS, Canada)

Wonderful combo's everyone!!!

This is one I really like from this year.

Blue Eyed Grass, Sea Pink and English Daisies.

And here are a few of my favorites from last year. Sorry if you have seen them before.

Yellow Mckana Giant columbine and Catmint.

Sexy Rexy Rose and Russian Sage

The Fairy Rose and White Diamond Astilbe

Keep them coming guys. These are such an inspiration.

Carrie

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 7:59AM
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catscottage

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 8:48AM
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tammyinwv(z6/WV)

Here are a few of mine:
Foxglove,purple Columbine

Rose Climbing Peace and an unknown Iris

Spiderwort and Redtwig Dogwood

Hosta and Heuchera

Salvia Snowhill, Heuchera, and Hosta

A lone Sweet William that survived a major weeding, blooming with a purple Columbine,and Hosta.

I have never been a big fan of solitary pics of Astilbe, but I love that beautiful pink rose with the white astilbe. I gotta get some seeds for that one.
Tammy

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 12:17PM
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scottyboipdx(8)

Love all of those above...pretty inspiring stuff! Just a disclaimer...not all of these are from my garden...some i just took of neighbors for inspiration.


Heucerella backed by Oxalis Oregana


Red Iris and Purple pansies


Silvery Pampas Grass plumes backed by autumn-tinted viburnum


Rudbeckia Triloba backed by 'Tiger Eye' Sumac


Pennisetum 'Karley Rose' backed by sedums and sumac


Various Sedums (from the Oregon Botanical Garden)


2 different Clematis on fence


Iris, roses and clematis


Erysimum and Fragraria


Cosmos and Sunflowers...how can you go wrong!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 1:19PM
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aimeekitty(9-10, SW 18)

This is the best thread ever. Please keep posting more great combo pics!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 2:01PM
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scottyboipdx(8)

A few more


Clematis seedhead backed by orange crocosmia


haha...this is from my old garden when I lived on Alberta St. It's towards the end of the season...I think the nice way of describing it would be "exuberant" hahahaha. Bronze Fennel, Erysimum, Catmint, Helenium, Sedum, Verbena, Miscanthus, Monarda...all of which have found their way into my current garden as well...haha.


I can't say I particularly like blue and red together...but it is vibrant. Delphinium and Poppies.


Of course, my Agastache and Erysimum combo.


Hollyhocks and Rudbeckia


Sweet Potatoe Vine and Verbena


Blue Columbine with Pink Bleeding Hearts

Catmint with Erysimum in the background

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 2:47PM
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bouquet(z8 Dallas)

From 2008-02-20

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 3:41PM
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hosta_house(IL 6)


Monarda and Coreopsis


Ramona Clematis and Zepphy Rose

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 9:29PM
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craftlady07(5b/6a)

I LOVE my Brunnera :)

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 10:12PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)


Egyptian Queen Daylily with aeonium "zwartzkopf" and acorus


Amaranth and cosmos bright lights


Japanese blood grass with senecio, ivy geraniums, acorus, and barrel cactus


Beverly Sills and Lady Friend Iris



Julia Child and lamb's ear


Showbiz, asiatic lilies, common myrtle and grey ghost agapanthus

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 10:32PM
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bossjim1

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 10:36PM
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luckygal(3b)

The subject of plant color combos has been very much on my mind as I redo my garden. This is a wonderful thread with many good ideas. Very pretty pics!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 11:57PM
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honnat

I posted this last year too; but it looks like others have last year's garden so it must be ok. :) This was my favorite '09 photo.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 12:47AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Bossjim- can you tell us what the plants are in your photos? Especially the first two- so stunning.
Renee

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 12:54AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Lots of great combinations here. I have not had too many combos that I am just wild about. That's one of the reasons I keep moving things around so much. [g] Maybe this year.

Yes, last year's photos are just fine. Any photo is great. As a matter of fact, I saw one in a Piet Oudolf garden that I wondered about. Can anyone ID this combination?

And here is a combo I liked in my garden last year, which I've probably posted before.....

Everyone's gardens are gorgeous! Not a photo that I couldn't comment on. [g] Great photos too!

woody, I have Trillium that hasn't grown at all in two years. What kind of conditions do you have them in?

natal, your Dill is gorgeous! I have had a difficult time growing it well, do you have any tips? I have maybe 6 hrs of sun in the vegetable garden, so I wondered if that just isn't enough for it.

cindy, that combo of DH and Muffin is a keeper! lol Also love the creative pruning you did on your Viburnum. I would have never guessed that was what it was.

hosenemesis, is that cactus in a barrel? That was surprising! :-)

honnat, Is that a zinnia behind that Hibiscus? And which Hibiscus is that?

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 4:16AM
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woodyoak zone 5 Canada(5b)

PM2 - I give the trilliums as natural conditions as possible, using the 'trillium woods' nearby as a model. The trilliums are under trees and all the leaves that fall in autumn are left where they fall. The trillium areas only get natural rainfall (which is more acidic than what comes out of a hose). The conditions they are in are reasonably moist in spring but dry out considerably in summer when the trilliums are dormant. There is no mulch other than natural leaf litter so the soil is probably on the lean side. Other than to plant something new, the soil is undisturbed near them. I think trilliums often fail in ordinary garden settings because the soil is usually too rich, too moist, disturbed too often and, if mulched, any seeds they produce are buried. I was quite surprised actually at how many seedlings have appeared in the last couple of years. There are hundreds of them.

The trillium woods model:

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 8:45AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Woody, that is an amazing sight...lol! I sincerely don't think I've ever seen that many trilliums in one place before. I have to laugh at my one little trillium. [g] The trillium is one of the few plants I planted without really looking up what they need. It was an impulse buy when they were dormant and half off at the nursery. They came home with a bunch of other planned shade p*lants and I just plopped them in with them.

I may have one or two places where I can o*ffer them something close to what you are describing. Two full grown maples, one that is rarely disturbed or watered and not mulched. Vinca, crocus and epimedium are the only occupants at the moment.

I wonder do they resent moving or should I just buy new?

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 9:12AM
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woodyoak zone 5 Canada(5b)

PM2 - I've moved them around sucessfully when they are dormant. They have a sort of bulb - wait till the plant goes dormant, dig it up and replant it at the same depth where you want it to be. It should survive fine. I didn't even water them in after the move.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 9:56AM
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catscottage

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 10:03AM
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cindysunshine(5b)

These are gorgeous gardens and amazing photography! I notice a predominance of tall spikey blue or purple blooms - or white to offset other colors and textures. I have always loved salvias and larkspur for those impacts - the blue bellflowers in spring are wonderful, too. Thank you all and keep those cameras clicking and fingers posting. Very inspirational.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 10:09AM
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catscottage

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 10:29AM
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bossjim1

Renee,

Sorry I left off the names, so here goes:
1. Esperanza and Cape Plumbago
2. Thunbergia battiscombei 'Blue Boy' and canna 'Wyoming'
3. LA Lilies and Mealy Cup Salvia
4. LA Lilies and Duranta 'Sweet Memories'
5. Cone flowers and Firespike
6. Fruit cocktail Shrimp plant and verbena
7. Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull' and Blue eyed grass 'Suwannee River'
8. Pink Easter lilies and 'Blue Bedder' Salvia
9. 'Black and Blue' salvia and LA Lilies

Jim

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 12:25PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Thanks woody...! It's in the 90s here today so first cool cloudy day, I have a new place all picked out. :-)

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 3:18PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Thanks Jim. Each combo was striking, as were all of the photos here. As I look again, I am struck by the red and blue and the blue and orange combos. Neither of these are anything I would ever plant together, but here they are- just gorgeous. That's what I love about this forum. New ideas!
Renee

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 12:28AM
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honnat

PM2 - Yes, that is a green envy zinnia next to a Kopper King Hibiscus. An unlikely pair; but the colors accented eachother well. I didn't get any envy zinnias this year; but I did put some mixed giant bennary zinnia next to it. My luck, the colors will clash - we'll see what I get.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 1:00AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

honnat, that is one huge, perfect zinnia. I grew them once and they didn't look like that. [g] What brand of seed did you buy? I bought a Kopper King H*ibiscus last year because of the wonderful fall foliage. I forgot what the bloom looked like, so it's great to see such a lovely example of it. I can't wait!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 5:54AM
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tammyinwv(z6/WV)

Here is one I just found this morning. Its a pink peony and Penstemon Husker's Red.

Tammy

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 10:19AM
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gardengranny2(6 CT)

I have so enjoyed the wonderful array of such colorful floral displays in the most glorious gardens.

Needed to jump in with a few shots of my own. Here are a couple of my May favorite combinations.

Blushing Knockout roses with fringed leaf bleeding heart and ladies mantle along with a touch of 'Palace Purple' heuchera.

Peony 'Bowl of Beauty' fronted by a pale lavender iris of unknown name and salvia 'Caradonna'.

Salvia 'May Night' bordered by sedum Kamchatkum.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 2:10PM
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craftlady07(5b/6a)

Here's a couple of shots I took this morning

Campanula glomerata (clustered Bellflower) and unknown wild geranium - pure white, I love it!

The campanula with Snow Hill Salvia

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 2:31PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

prairiemoon 2, the Piet Oudolf garden pink and white combo looks like filapendula Venusta and a white verbascum.

I'm enjoying looking at old threads on combinations as I think of changes to make in my gardens this spring. Thanks all for sharing your beautiful photos.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2012 at 5:29PM
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Lilyfinch z7 mid tn

Thanks for pulling this thread up! It is so enjoyable this time of year.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2012 at 11:05PM
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Ginny McLean_Petite_Garden

So enjoyed that walk through Wonderland! Thanks for pulling it up!

Ginny

    Bookmark   January 8, 2012 at 11:20PM
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lavendrfem(z6 CT)

Love this post - a wonderful gardening fix in winter!


Knockout roses, russian sage, echinacea

Carolina Moon False Indigo, Edith Wolford Iris

Painted Daises, May Night Salvia

Gladiolas, Black-eyed Susans

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 9:18AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Nice to see this post resurrected. Wish I had more to share for it. Thanks mnwsgal for identifying that Piet Oudolf combo. It is a pretty one.

I see a lot of posts I've missed, I'm going to enjoy going back over this thread again too.

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duane456

here's one----

    Bookmark   February 4, 2012 at 10:12AM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Here's another cheer for bringing this thread up again. dreaming and planning for spring! Completely forgot about natal's combos with the Vitex. This year, will definitely plant hydrangea and abutilon!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2012 at 2:18PM
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pmermakov(Zone 6 (OH))

Hi, I loved seeing these beautiful combos and thought I would share some photos from my garden, friends and gardens I have visited of combos that caught my eye!

My friend's Arctic Queen Clematis with Salvia:

At a garden in SC I saw these orange tulips with lavender violas:

Starship Enterprise Iris with purple columbines:

At Innswood Gardens, Japanse Maple with coneflowers:

Purple coneflowers with Wilson Spider Daylily:

Veronica with tall pinks:

Varagated Iris with sedum and hosta:

    Bookmark   February 9, 2012 at 3:23PM
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mrtulin

What a treat. After a 10 hour workday to be greeted by these; a deep drink of water!
idabean

    Bookmark   February 10, 2012 at 8:51PM
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