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A Grove of Perennials Can Be Dramatic

Here is a partial view of a lush perennial flower bed that snakes its way along the top of a private cliff on the shore of Schroon Lake [zone 4a] in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Depicted here is a grove of tall and elegant salmon-pink Filipendula rubra Venusta under planted with Lysimachia clethroides that bloomed in unison at the end of July. One could not have imagined that a modest, almost non-descript, white perennial could be used to such advantage when combined in quantity with the flamboyant Filipendula. This is a brilliant utilization of two very different perennials. To recreate this striking composition, keep in mind that this flower bed is deep, long and sinewy. There are several varieties of Filipendula to chose from; the cultivar used in this grove grows to 6 feet or 180 centimeters.

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Reader Comments (1)

Wow, this is such a lovely photo! I've never been to upstate New York, but it looks wonderful. If it's anything like Northern Ontario, it must be absolutely breathtaking come autumn. Thank you for sharing :)

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThanksgiving Flowers

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