This was the highlight of my day on Saturday, which is saying something because I had just been to the Hardy Plant Society meeting and enjoyed the very humorous Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Flowers http://www.cgf.net/ identifying and discussing the merits of beautiful, weird and wonderful plants and flowers with the extremely knowledgeable members of the Western Counties Group. I had to leave early at lunchtime and on my way back I passed this fabulous clump of Rudbekia laciniata in a cottage garden.
The weather is cold and wet and so I’ve been indoors looking back over this year’s photos and deciding what needs to change in the coming year. One thing that struck me was the number of good plant combinations, some planned and some ‘happy accidents’.
I was pleased with the Lychnis amongst the birches and the staddlestone but had nothing to do with the Knapweed which chose just the right spot to add a touch of colour.
I have no idea of it’s name but this clematis was £1.99 from Morrisons and I decided to let it mingle with the young Beech hedge and the colours worked beautifully together. Being a viticella variety I should prune it right back to a pair of buds in February but I’m just going to let it do it’s own thing and see how it performs.
I wasn’t sure about this combination but the daisy flowerhead of the Echinacea mimics the large palmate leaves of the Ricinus and the colours compliment each other well.
The Hesperis matronalis was supposed to be the usual lilac colour but this one turned out to be pure white which acted as the perfect foil for the dark pink Cosmos.
Another accidental blue and white combination, the pure white Lychnis with the unique purple and blue of Borage.
These two were planted a metre apart but, as often happens, as the summer wore on they fell into each other creating an unusual but pleasing combination.
The Echium grew exceptionally well and was covered in bees all summer. I wasn’t sure about the Bells of Ireland (Molluccella laevis) but the yellow/green bracts work with the blue and the touch of bright white from the Echium.
The addition of Zinnia ‘Lime Green’ and Nicotiana langsdorfii brought a ‘zing’ to the same combination.
This is one of those unplanned but pleasing combinations where two colours of the same variety appear side by side and look good together.
I am sure all these could be planned but I am just as pleased when it happens by accident!