Harmonic Odd Couple

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Why This Works

Frequently, when we think of “design guidelines and rules” we have preconceived notions about how plants should be paired. Sometimes a combination just begs to tried and those can often be the happiest success’ in design.This is a fine example of how two plants with a high level of texture and form contrast can be marvelous together. Columnar, stiff and upright meets soft, flowing and fountainous. One frames the other in a harmonious odd coupling.

Key Players

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Variegated Moore Grass (Molinia caerulea ‘Variegata’)

This herbaceous perennial grass is lovely paired with so many plants. For full to part sun, it likes to have consistent moisture, but by no means needs pampering. Growing to 18″ tall and wide, this late season charmer has creamy variegated foliage and a slight purple tinge to it’s fall blooms.
Zones 5-9

Copy of August 2012 Foliage and Bloom 274 copyColumnar Dwarf Siberian Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea ‘Compressa’)

This columnar, slow growing deciduous shrub will reach 3-4 feet high but only about 1 foot wide. Stems and foliage will get nice fall color of burgundy to red. White flowers in spring are not showy. The crinkly, tough foliage makes you want to touch them! A fabulous collectors plant that will thrive in full sun to part shade. Zones 4-8.


What They Need To Thrive

  • Partial sun to full sun
  • Average to Moisture retentive soil

Season Of Interest

  • Year round

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