Sunday, August 8, 2010

Plant "Marriages"

"What's your favorite plant marriage this year?" is a question recently posed by Alice Joyce of San Francisco in a discussion by garden writers.

Hers is a blue and gold combination of  Trachelium caeruleum & Crocosmia 'Solfatare'.

From Seattle, Christina Salwitz responded with: "The Santolina 'Lemon Fizz' with Blue trailing Verbena and Cocosmia 'Lucifer'".

In my case, I have long loved the combination of Coleus and Alternanthera 'Gail's Choice'. This year, I have a collection of Coleuses with the Alternanthera and added a Creeping Jenny and Hosta for effect. They have grown so well (north-facing porch), despite Georgia's brutally hot and humid summer, that one of my sons, taking a look at the collection the other day, wondered out loud if I had gone and "robbed the local nursery". No robbing required -- they've all grown from small cuttings, a practice I will continue to follow.


Bay Area Tendrils said...

I apologize for my belated visit to your post on a lovely 'plant marriage.'
(I'm in the midst of packing and moving: chaos!)
Your combination is so lush and summery, reminding me of my Chicago garden, where the heat allowed annuals such as coleus to flourish. Here in Northern California, the nights are very cool.
I love the pop of bright yellow-green and the varied textures of your planting.
Cheers! Alice
aka Bay Area Tendrils / Alice's Garden Travel Buzz

Bay Area Tendrils said...

I'm now following ;~D

Anonymous said...

I also apologize for not visiting your lovely blog sooner. I am appropriately ashamed. :-(
Thank you for the gracious mention of my comment! It was a great idea for a blog post and I'm jealous that I didn't think of it. :-)