I immediately identified Pentas 'Kaleidoscope Appleblossom' as a good companion but I was stuck as to what else to include. The lily and the pentas, while pretty together, are very similar in color so the bouquet needed something to add punch. I considered a dark pink oleander (Nerium oleander). The oleander is part of my neighbor's hedge but heavy, flower-laden branches are now hanging over into our side yard. The dark pink provided a good accent to the lighter pink but all parts of the oleander are poisonous and I couldn't help worrying that one of my two cats might choose to take a nibble. Despite the fact that I provide them with nice organic wheat grass, both have a tendency to chew on houseplants even when these are coated with a nasty "no chew" spray. I couldn't risk it.
|Chief offender, Ming|
I tried adding bluish purple statice (Limonium perezii) but I thought it detracted from the combination rather than contributing to it. I tend to prefer harmonious combinations to stark contrasts so I decided to keep to pink tones. Here's what I came up with:
In addition to the unnamed lily and the Pentas 'Kaleidoscope Appleblossom' I included:
- Pentas lanceolata 'Nova'
- Cuphea ignea 'Starfire Pink', of which I always have a plentiful supply
- Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold'
- Echinacea 'Magnus'
- Hebe 'Wiri Blush'
The Coleonema (aka Breath of Heaven) picks up the lime green center of the lily (not readily visible in the picture above). I also found that one of the three plants in my front border is currently sporting tiny pink flowers. This winter/spring flowering plant bloomed in late winter so it's a surprise to find it in bloom again in the middle of summer.
|Bad photo of the Coleonema's tiny pink flowers|
The Echinacea and Hebe are bit players in the arrangement.
|Stems of Hebe 'Wiri Blush' and Echinacea 'Magnus'|
That's it for this week's contribution to the Garden Appreciation Society, hosted by Erin at The Impatient Gardener. If only I could construct a bouquet from mimosa tree foliage and flowers...