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Color Combinations in the Flowerbed: a No-Brainer!

Pink and blue is one of the easiest color schemes to work with in the perennial garden. Throughout the growing season there is always an abundance of plants blooming in both of these colors, at one and the same time. I would make this the first color-combination exercise to challenge the neophyte horticulturalist. It’s a no-brainer!

In this picture the pink flower is Phlomis stylosa, a non-invasive ground cover. It grows 6 to 12 inches in height in partial shade from late summer to early fall. It is hardy from zone 5a to 9b, and is sufficiently drought tolerant to be suitable for a xeriscape. As well, it continues to work in winter when it provides textural interest.

Here, it is combined with Geranium renardii “Terre France”, which is not only impossible to find in North America but also hardy only in zones 6a to 8b. In its place, I would plant Geranium “Rozanne”. It flowers at the same time as Terre France in a vivid shade of blue and will continue blooming until the first frost. It is hardy in zones 5a to 8b and grows 16 inches in height. I am so pleased with the results I achieve by growing Rozanne in perennial gardens that I plan to give it its own posting in a few days.

You might have guessed from the palette of this photograph that this is another successful perennial combination from the gardens of Jan and Mieke Bastiaens in Belgium. Click on the image to visit their site but first ensure that your pop-up blocker is working.

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