Monday, July 16, 2007


I wanted to share this combination because of its contrast in leaf colours and foliage forms. Though there is a white Hydrangea in the photo, this combination looks interesting and fresh even when nothing is in bloom. The plants are Brunnera macrophylla 'Looking Glass', Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum', Hebes (the plant with the small gray leaves in the back ground, unfortunately I don't recall the type), Cimicifuga japonica, assorted Heucheras, and white Hydrangeas. In the dead of Winter when many of these perennials are dormant this bed is filled with Wanda Primroses (which are dormant now), adding much needed colour in February and March.


LostRoses said...

Bob, I admire your artistry with texture and subdued colors. If that happens in my garden, it's purely by accident!

Dirty Fingernails said...

Are the white hydrangeas Annabelle.. I noticed you lived near puget sound.. I lived in Silverdale for awhile when I was first married. MAN things could grow there!!! I loved it..

Andrea's Garden said...

You really have a hand for putting the right plants together. This looks really nice! Take care, Andrea

Bob said...

Lostroses, Thank you for your comments. Not all the combinations I put together always work out to my liking, but its great when they do. I love gardening because it is a process of trial and error. It's not a perfect science.
Happy gardening, BOB

Dirty fingernails, the picture has just a typical Hydrangea macrophylla. It's a unnamed hybrid because it was a start giving to me by a friend.

please stop by again, I love
questions. BOB

Andrea, I appreciate your kind words. I hope my blog will be an educational tool to share knowledge about plants, gardening, and landscaping. I'll share more combination through out this summer and fall.

All the best, BOB

Andrea's Garden said...

Bob, the hibiscus you asked about is a Hibiscus syriacus - I have three of them, the one you saw in my blog this week, a blue one and a purple one, got lots of "babies". If you were here you could have some. They grow up to about 16 ft. Does that help you? It is pretty hardy, a cold freeze doesn't kill it and I am right by the Alps. BTW, I will add your blog to my link list, hope that is ok. Andrea

KC MO Garden Guy said...

Very nice!! I agree with lostroses if something like that would happen in my garden it would be purely by accident. I am more of a plant collector. I just have to have one of everything. I have a plant(can recall the name since I am at work) that I bought at one of the local grocery stores last year. You should have seen the look on peoples faces during the tour when I told them I got it at Hy-Vee!!! Piceless

Bob said...

Thanks Andrea for the offer on the hibiscus. 15 feet is pretty big! I really do love the very casual look.

Happy gardening, Bob

Bob said...

Cliff, Would love to hear what plant you got at the Hy-vee. Sometimes you can get some great deals and nice plants at the Grocery stores and the big box stores. You just never know.

As always all the best, BOB :)

Kylee said...

That is REALLY outstanding, Bob. I love this look, too.