Not all my flowering plants complement each other, a fact that was emphasized this month when, triggered by our heavier-than-usual winter rains, everything in my garden sprang into bloom seemingly at once rather than unfolding in a more restrained and orderly fashion. However, for this post, I'm going to focus on the combinations I found most pleasing.
Here are some from the back garden:
The area surrounding the lath house offers this nice yellow and blue vignette:
|I couldn't resist planting blue Pericallis (aka cineraria) and Nemesia 'Sunshine' as accents at the base of Euryops chrysanthemoides 'Sonnenschein'|
On the south end of the front garden we find these combinations:
|Grevillea 'Superb' blooms year-round here but Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' is currently providing a nice color complement|
The area surrounding the front entry to the house is looking particularly frothy right now.
|There are at least 5 Coleonema album planted in my front garden, all of which came with the house. They bloom in tandem with the Santa Barbara daisies, giving the area a light, bubbly feel.|
|The foliage of Coleonema album (aka white breath of heaven) has a delightful scent. Regrettably, I can't say the same for the flowers.|
|This vignette is tucked just to the left of the plants featured in the prior photo. Here, another Lavandula stoechas mixes with Euphorbia characias 'Black Pearl' and more Santa Barbara daisies.|
The north side of the house provided one of my very favorite plant combinations in early spring.
If you've visited my blog with any regularity, you've probably heard me describe my back slope (i.e. the area that lies beyond the hedge visible in the last photo) as "hideous." It usually deserves that epithet - except in Spring when a riot of pretty weeds helps to transform it. It hasn't reached its peak yet but I can honestly say I don't mind spending time down there right now.
|As the calla lilies fade, Centranthus ruber, effectively a weed here, is just coming into bloom. Within a month, pink blooms will dominate the entire back slope.|
That's a wrap for this week. I'm off to Santa Barbara County on a plant shopping expedition this weekend, not that I have any business buying more plants. But I'm sure I will. I hope you have a chance to do something you enjoy this weekend too.
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