It’s been an exciting week in Team Fine Foliage Land – the sun came out!! Yes, we have been gardening in T-shirts, polar fleece peeled off and hung up by 9am. Hallelujah!
That means the next round of spring bulbs are making their debut; daffodils are in full bloom and tulips won’t be far behind.
What about planning some stunning foliage to showcase your favorite spring blooms? Here is one combination we know you’ll want to copy, designed by the uber-talented Daniel Mount.
Why it works
This is the perfect balance of contrast and similarity. Two yellow and green variegated plants (yucca and boxwood) clearly share the same color palette yet their differing leaf shape and form adds excitement. Tall Mediterranean spurge in the background tempers the dizzying variegated leaves while adding Dr-Seuss-like flower heads in a bright lime green to wake things up.
Together this foliage trio creates a picture frame for the large, lily-shaped tulips which open scarlet with coral and yellow accents before maturing to salmon pink. They are the perfect height for sandwiching between the yucca and spurge – and that one rogue red flower makes me smile!
Variegated boxwood spheres (Buxus sempervirens ‘Variegata’)
Bright Edge yucca (Yucca filamentosa ‘Bright Edge’)
Large Mediterranean spurge (Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii)
Perestroyka tulip (Tulipa ‘Perestroyka’)
If you’d like to see more of Daniels’ designs be sure to order our latest book Gardening with Foliage First where you will find no less than EIGHT of his amazing combinations. (Seriously this guy is amazing with color!).
You also find lots more ideas for spring in there too.
What are YOU doing with spring bulbs and foliage this year?
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