Designer Plant Combinations: 105 Stunning Gardens Using Six by Scott Calhoun

By Scott Calhoun

Author Scott Calhoun has visited the gardens of most sensible designers from coast to coast and selected greater than a hundred beautiful plant combos, every one utilizing not more than six plants, to comprise during this photographic advisor. Riots of complementary shades, plenty of grasses, foliage spectacles in striking colours of eco-friendly and crimson, and top diversifications as arresting as urban skylines are all featured in those fascinating gardens, each an intimate glimpse of a bigger garden. A favourite pairing might be the start of a bigger backyard layout, or a five-plant grouping may be all you must fill a small city backyard. the chances are as diverse as your imagination!

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Hardy to Zone 5. 15″ tall × 18″ wide. ‘Magnus’ purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’ Among the many coneflower cultivars, ‘Magnus’ stands out for its giant flowers whose petals are held out flat rather than drooping, as is typical of most coneflowers. The Perennial Plant Association chose this vivid and vigorous plant as the 1998 Perennial Plant of the Year. Hardy to Zone 4. 36″ tall × 18″ wide. designer tips Plant Spring Bulbs with This Combo To jazz up this perennial couple early in spring, use a variety of bulbs: daffodils, Siberian squill, yellow Darwin tulips, and crocus.

Designer tips Add Burgundy Annuals to Orange- and Blue-Flowering Plants To help keep the blue and orange grouping lively, Janet Draper sometimes buttresses blue and orange with dark-colored plants. “I’ve found that the addition of a bit of burgundy really helps,” she says. Draper suggests mixing in bronze fennel and black cotton (Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’ and Gossypium herbaceum ‘Nigra’) with this planting. ‘Fire King’ Asiatic lily Lilium ‘Fire King’ ‘Fire King’ is not some newfangled lily but rather a vibrant old-fashioned plant repurposed here for a bold effect.

Because the plants have silver and blue foliage and coral and yellow flowers, they play off the wall in dramatic fashion. Use bright wall colors as a backdrop for bold plantings. Superb penstemon Penstemon superbus The tubular, coral flowers of this showy, architectural specimen are a hummingbird favorite. Although the rosette of the plant is rather small, the bloom stalks can reach six feet tall if the conditions are right. Plant in well-drained soil and in full sun. It self-sows readily. Hardy to Zone 5.

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