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 wonderful plant mixtures, each one utilizing not more than six plants, to contain during this photographic consultant. Riots of complementary colours, plenty of grasses, foliage spectacles in impressive colours of eco-friendly and red, and peak adaptations as arresting as urban skylines are all featured in those intriguing gardens, every one an intimate glimpse of a bigger garden. A favourite pairing will be the start of a bigger backyard layout, or a five-plant grouping will be all you must fill a small city backyard. the chances are as assorted as your imagination!

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If you grow this plant solo, you may want to stake it or provide other support. Hardy to Zone 4. 4′ tall × 24″ wide. designer tips Place Goldenrod and Sage beneath Deciduous Trees This combo is an excellent choice to plant beneath spring-blooming trees so that the garden is interesting in the early part of the season before the Pitcher’s blue sage and ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod really get growing. David Salman suggests planting them beneath Sargent crab apples (Malus sargentii) or other spring bloomers.

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. Try ‘Ruby Giant’ crocus (Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’), a ground-squirrel-resistant variety with large purple flowers; quail daffodil (Narcissus ‘Quail’), a fragrant and very floriferous golden daff; Tulipa tarda, a low-growing, yellow, star-shaped tulip that spreads like a ground cover; and Siberian squill (Scilla siberica ‘Spring Beauty’), a ready reseeder that is good for tucking beneath the oregano and coneflowers.

In late summer, its bright red fruit can be harvested and made into juice, jelly, or candy. For colder climates, try the smaller beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris), which blooms shocking pink flowers. In wetter eastern climes, use Opuntia humifusa, which is hardy to Zone 5. Engelmann’s is hardy to Zone 8. 6′ tall × 10′ wide. Wright’s buckwheat Eriogonum wrightii A rugged plant that is well adapted to a variety of conditions, including extreme cold and aridity, Wright’s buckwheat is found growing on mountaintops as high as 11,000 feet.

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