Monday, 12 September 2011

Plant combinations.......

 Another birthday, another year passes, how she grows.  
 And indeed, the garden grows.    I love this......dwarf pampas grass and Persicaria amp. 'firetail'.       Below are some more combinations that I really like.
 Eupatorium fortunei 'pink elegance'  and asters.
 Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers' and aster.
 Susan's and ribbon grass.
 Arum italicum and ferns.
Green can be very beautiful............

19 comments:

  1. Hi Cheryl,

    I love your Bistort; I've meant to get it for a while now but don't ever seem to come across it, and then when I order plants I always seem to forget about it.

    Green indeed is beautiful, I've been trying to get more ferns and grasses into the garden; especially in shady spots where nothing else seems to be growing.

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  2. HI Cheryl....I just love you sweet "Garden Fairy Princess"... my see is a lovely !!

    Your gardens is full of lovely images of fall flowers, and other fall growth!!

    Makes me sad in a way to see the summer end!!

    Hope all is well with you and the family

    Love Grace

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  3. Hi Liz,

    If I split the Persicaria I will send you some next Spring. They are tough plants.
    I started with one, and now have around eight plants, in various shades.

    I love the combinations of ferns, hostas, astilbes, and foxgloves. I am pleased with how my shady areas are taking shape.

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  4. Hi Grace,

    Poppi is lovely, inside and out. I see the changes, I learn from her. She has a way with her that can only be described as etherial.

    It is always nostalgic to say farewell to summer.......but autumn and winter also hold treasures. I look forward to my hellebores flowering.....

    My mother has not been too well, hence why I have not been around so much.
    I am going away on holiday soon and my brother will take care of my parents. I still worry though :)

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  5. Hi Cheryl,

    Your shady combination sounds very much like what I'm aiming for... Only I think I'll also throw in some hardy Geraniums in some areas. I've ordered a few Painted Lady Fern, some white Astilbe, moved one Hosta and managed to get a baby from another and have so many Foxglove seedlings popping up that there isn't enough space for them all - typically they're all popping up where I don't want them i.e. in the bark chippings on the tier, so I'm moving them into the borders when they're large enough.

    Oh yes and I also bought three Hellebores; you've taught me well, master ;)
    I really hope they survive and I'm very much looking forward to their blooms in Jan/Feb.

    If you do split the Bistort I'd be ever grateful if you send me some! How very kind :)

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  6. Hi Liz,

    Lovely combinations.....Painted Lady Fern is beautiful. My foxglove have done well. I had a couple of years without them, which was odd but now they are popping up all over the place. I started moving plants a couple of weeks ago....the soil is still warm and with all this rain it is perfect for them.

    Look forward to seeing your Hellebores.
    I bought native orchids yesterday and planted them. I should not have done it, I know I am going to spend my life worrying about them.
    The grower lives in our village....he was great, and so informative.
    I have bought the Marsh Orchid, the marsh Helleborine, a broad leaf Helleborine, and 2 non native ladies tresses (which is lovely).
    He also gave me a freebie because he wants to try some Mediteranean orchids in an exposed site.....so I have a tongue orchid.
    It is all very exciting but very scary......what have I done :)

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  7. I find greens so soothing. Those little red shots of arum berries are a beautiful punctuation in that sea of green.

    Your little birthday girl is beautiful. She is growing up right before our eyes.

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  8. I agree Lisa, greens are very calming. They say that green is good in a bedroom, it is supposed to calm the mind before we sleep.

    Poppi is a darling....she is indeed growing up :)

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  9. Happy Birthday, dear Poppi...the loveliest of all things in the garden.

    Your combinations work well. My husband used to put Autumn Joy Sedum and varigated Hosta for a nice combination.

    And you are correct. Many shades of green are beautiful. I think that is why I love spring in the mountains.

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  10. Ah Cheryl, Poppi is so lovely, truly an ethereal faery princess.
    I once read that our eyes see more shades of green than any other colour. I don't know if it's true but it makes sense to me from an evolutionary standpoint. I think thats why being surrounded by greens ca be such a full and complete experience.
    Your garden and its combinations are beautiful. I'll look forward to hearing how the orchids get on!

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  11. What a beautiful girl,and you're right green makes a lovely calming sight but the others are beautiful.

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  12. Dear Cheryl,
    Happy Birthday to a lovely young lady.
    If I could give her but one gift it would be to always remember these precious days with you and the garden.
    Orchids.....how very exciting!
    Happy Anniversary!
    So much to celebrate......
    Sherry

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  13. ncmountainwoman....tku for Poppi's birthday wishes.

    Sedums and Hostas are an unusual combination. I might try that next year, as I need to divide some of my hosta. Tku for the suggestion.

    I would imagine that Spring in the mountains is stunning....

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  14. Hi Lucinda,

    The woodland walk and the copse are my most favourite part of this garden. I love the shadows and the cool air that it offers.
    I can see over the years, as the trees mature, I will be living in a 'mini' wood. This will suit me fine.........

    I am nervous about the orchids. Some should flower next year, if the conditions suit them. Others will not flower for two years. This will be very much the waiting game, fortunately I am patient :)

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  15. My dear Sherry,

    Tku. I feel in my heart that she will always remember these days. I have been blessed to spend much time with her. At school, when they have gardening class, apparently Poppi often says
    'Tku, but I don't need help, my Nanna taught me how to do these things'
    That makes me smile :)
    She is also know as the little bug catcher. Where other children scream or stamp on the poor creature, Poppi always comes to their aid.

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  16. Happy Birthday to Poppi! She looks just like a Fairy Princess here. She certainly is growing up.

    I love all your combinations. I find that in my garden often the best ones happen by accident.

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  17. You are very much the garden artist Cheryl, and a very sweet photo of a young garden lady as well!!

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  18. Lovely flower, texture, and color combinations, but none as lovely as not so little Poppi! She is indeed growing up. Happy Birthday to you Poppi!

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  19. Happy Birthday dear Poppi! How grown up she looks in her pretty dress, like a garden faerie.

    Your garden is bursting with colour and delight! I like your combinations too. And green is one of my favourite colours.
    Sending gentle hugs for the birthday girl.

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