Spring and Summer Perfect Pairings

Spring and Summer Perfect Pairings

‘Plum Crazy’ Oxalis from our beloved Hort Couture paired with Celosia.

Whether you are looking for what wine would be best suited for your favorite foods or which type of chocolate to have after your superb meal, pairings are a natural idea that we all gravitate toward. Team Fine Foliage obviously gets to play with all kinds of amazing foliage and we love to figure out new and exciting ways to create new pairings.

There are no pairing rules, but we prefer that you begin with some kind of a superior leafy plant to get your design juices flowing and then springboard from there! In this post, we’re giving you the spring and summer edition. At the end of this post, if we have inspired you, leave us a note with a description of YOUR perfect pairing and you may see it in a future post. πŸ™‚

Spring and Summer Perfect Pairings

‘Blue Dune’ Lyme grass paired with Weigela ‘My Monet’

Spring and Summer Perfect Pairings

Phormium ‘Sundowner’ paired with Variegated Wallflower.

Spring and Summer Perfect Pairings

Yellow Gaillardia paired with Black Twig Dogwood.

Spring and Summer Perfect Pairings

Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ paired with Leucothoe ‘Rainbow’

Spring and Summer Perfect Pairings

Variegated Bluebeard paired with Blue Oat Grass

Spring and Summer Perfect Pairings

Heuchera ‘Berry Smoothie’ paired with Pieris ‘Flaming Silver’

Spring and Summer Perfect Pairings

Purple Sage paired with Limonium.

Spring and Summer Perfect Pairings

‘Coppertina’ Ninebark paired with Heuchera ‘Green Spice’ and orange Nemesia.

Spring and Summer Perfect Pairings

‘Delta Dawn’ Heuchera paired with ‘Lawson’s’ Cypress

Spring and Summer Perfect Pairings

‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple paired with Choisya ‘Sundance’

Spring and Summer Perfect Pairings

Variegated summer Phlox paired with unknown Heuchera.

Spring and Summer Perfect Pairings

Variegated summer Phlox paired with Hypericum ‘Ignite Scarlet’

All right now it’s YOUR turn, we will be waiting for your amazing ideas so that we can try to re-create some and post them later. Now, get going you have some designing to do! πŸ™‚


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8 thoughts on “Spring and Summer Perfect Pairings

  1. Donna Lane

    Lovely combinations, Christina. I can’t wait until this end of the country begins showing colors like the ones in your photos. There’s still snow on the ground in many areas (including parts of my back yard). Only the hellebores and a few bulbs are up (crocus and chinodoxa), with the species tulips, narcissus and alliums starting to push their way out of the ground. I’ll have to take a trip to the garden center this week and see what’s coloring up there. Thanks for the shot of color!!

    Reply
    1. personalgardencoach Post author

      Donna,
      Yes, shop! Onward and upward. Your local independent garden center is eager to give you some fabulous ideas of what you can do now and for later! In the mean time, I will think good thoughts for your long successful spring, summer and fall!
      Do you have a great go-to pairing to share?

      Reply
  2. Kris P

    All your combinations are beautiful. My SoCal climate is very different and our drought complicates planting schemes, especially as our water restrictions increase, but one of my favorite drought and heat tolerant combinations at present includes: Phormium ‘Maori Queen,’ Gazania ‘Kiss Frosty White Flame,’ Coprosma ‘Inferno,’ and Lomandra ‘Lime Tuff.’

    Reply
    1. personalgardencoach Post author

      Kris,
      VERY cool ideas for drought areas and tougher climates than our mild plant Mecca up here. My Fine Foliage co-author Karen Chapman was recently in San Diego and took some killer shots of incredibly colorful combinations of succulents for our upcoming book! We both adore succulents and since we also know that it is predicted to be a VERY hot summer up here, I will personally be looking at many more drought tolerant plants for myself as well.
      Love you combo idea and we’ll see if we can make that happen!

      Reply
  3. Giliian Bond

    Ooh, mouth watering.

    I’m waiting for my purple leaved Vitex trifolia purpurea to come into leaf beside my grey cardoon.

    Regards

    Gillian

    Reply
    1. personalgardencoach Post author

      Gillian,
      Holy cow that sounds amazing!!!! I wonder what we could sub for your Vitex up here to create a similar combo. Can you hear my gears grinding???? πŸ™‚
      Thanks for chiming in!

      Reply
  4. Jim

    I always look forward to one part of the shade garden with Ligularia Brit-Marie Crawford with light-green/white-edged hosta, variegated lamium and Brilliance autumn fern. Rhodo PJM behind all that sort of elevates that burgundy a bit higher too. I think I’d like to put Japanese painted fern in there too (or replace autumn fern) but not sure how it will actually look in the end.

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