Tuesday, October 16, 2007


In a second installment of "pairings" I wanted to focus more on foliage combinations. Flowers are an integral part of a garden but I really do love foliage combinations because they look good for the greater part of the year.
Unfortunately it is getting late in the season and much of the garden is starting to head towards it's Winter slumber. I don't have many shots and these were actually taken several weeks ago, but their are still some that I thought were of value.
I apologize about the length between posts. I have been busy with company and with tucking the garden in for the season. Here's wishing you all the best of Autumn.

Helictotrichon sempervirens, Iris foetidissima varigata, and Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant'

Spirea japonica 'Magic Carpet' and Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow'

Stachys byzantina and Lamium galeaobdolon 'Hermann's Pride'


Dirty Fingernails said...

i just love lamb's ear in about any combo.. It is so strong, yet so subtle if you want it to be in the color wheel.. I also love it's velvety leaves.. I mean who wouldn't?

Shady Gardener said...


Welcome back! I've missed your postings. You have beautiful combinations.

I wish I were tucking things in right now... but the week's forecast is rain, rain, rain.

I wonder about Lamb's Ear. How much shade can it take? And, I really don't care for its blossoms... if I cut them off - would it hurt the plant?

Bob said...

Dirty fingers, You are so right about lambs ear. I like it for not only it's colour but because it is so tactile. You just can't not want to touch it.

Shady, It really needs full sun. I have a dwarf hybrid that was not supposed to bloom, but it does.There are no blooming hybrids like 'silver carpet'. I have not grown it, so I couldn't really tell you how well it performs.
It is very rugged. I hack at mine all the time if it gets out of hand or to leggy. You can cut off the flowers, when in bloom or when setting bud. It won't hurt it. Hope this info helps, BOB

Shady Gardener said...

Thanks. I'll keep checking into the sun/shade tolerance issue. I have some areas that get a number of hours of sunlight. Perhaps different varieties could stand different levels of sunlight?

PS I like your use of colored lettering, however you have black under the spirea photo and, on my computer, it's very hard to read against the navy background.

Layanee said...

Don't you just love that Helictotrichon!? Those are great combinations and flowers are not even necessary which is the mark of true success! Thanks!

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Those are great combinations Bob! I think that flowers are a bonus, but foliage is the backbone of the garden.

Excellent pics to demonstrate your point!

Life happens and sometimes we don't have time to blog so no need to apologize!

BTW I've returned the compliment and linked with you too.;-)

Catherine said...

I love the first photo and the plant's in it..wow!! All of your foliage combinations are spectacular!! Great shot's of your pairing's also!!
Always an ejoyable, & inspiring visit to your site Bob!

Andrea's Garden said...

hi there, all the combinations are wonderful, but my favorite is the one with berberis, really love the red and green contrast. We have been packing up here as well. This weekend snow is supposed to arrive and we are NOT ready for that. Take care, Andrea

LostRoses said...

Bob, you do such a nice job with your foliage pairings. I tend to be swayed by bright flowers and forget about the more subtle and longer lasting combinations. Very nice photos!

KC MO Garden Guy said...

Bob, great combinations!! I guess I will have to try lambs ear. I have stayed away from it because I have seen it in gardens here and it seems leggy and I don't like the blooms. But if I can cut it back to keep it in control without hurting it. I will give it a try next year.
I too have been trying to work in the yard but we have had 3 inces of rain in the last week and 2 inches the week before. I can hardly keep the grass cut. And my real job, well won't bore you with that. Take care, Cliff

lisa said...

Nice combos, Bob! Glad to hear you're enjoying "real" life and people as well as us "screen people" ;-)

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Bob, first time on your blog, nic blog you have, congrat..this post in particular. I love all those lovely shades of green and the mix of structure!... and lamb's ear oh...they are so nice a favourite./Tyra in Vaxholm

Bob said...

Thanks all for the kind comments. i hope Autumn is being good to you and you are not working to hard.

All the best, BOB :)