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Re: plant combinations

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] plant combinations
  • From: Cathy Carpenter cathy.c@insightbb.com
  • Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2005 10:07:03 -0500
  • In-reply-to: <1ff.6a1c843.301bcbfb@aol.com>
  • References: <1ff.6a1c843.301bcbfb@aol.com>

My serendipity is Geranium 'Rozanne' with a Taxus. Rozanne is an  
everbloomer and sprawler, but it is planted next to the yew and has  
interlaced itself among the branches. The blue flowers look so pretty  
against the dark needles.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jul 29, 2005, at 1:14 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

> In past discussions people have told about serendipitous plant
> combinations - things that looked especially good together even
> though they had not been planned that way.  That does happen
> often but this year I have twice experienced the opposite. I don't
> know a word for it, but combinations that just don't work.  I had
> always accepted the theory that colors in nature never really
> clashed - flower colors would always harmonize.  But this spring
> my orange poppies bloomed at the same time as my 'Gay Paree'
> peony - never happened before - and the orange poppies were
> a terrible combination with the fuschia peony.  Of course, both
> bloomed more lavishly than ever before.  Oh well, these things
> happen.  But now it has happened again.  My Canada lilies
> (Lilium canadense) are just making a mass of orange when
> up pops a cosmos from a mixed package that is brilliant purple.
> It is a very large, handsome cosmos - bigger both in bloom and
> in height than the rest of the bunch which are mostly soft pinks and
> whites - but it stands right up against the orange lilies.  Ouch!  I
> guess I will have to cut the cosmos back until the lilies have done
> with their blooming.  Never had this problem before.  It must be
> an effect of global warming.
> Auralie
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