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The ultimate wall flower 0

Posted on August 20, 2010 by Paige

For some plants, the best thing you can pair it with is a wall.

Angelica sylvestris (taiwanese) ‘Vicar’s Mead’ is one of those plants. With its mahogany foliage and airy flowerheads, it can get lost in a mixed border but put it up against a wall and its dusky, sculptural beauty becomes art.

This angelica is mostly a biennial [I had one come back for a 3rd year].  It self sows, heavily close to the plant for me, but it hasn’t wandered off into the yard and become a nuisance, at least not yet. It comes true from seed. Sun-shade, reasonably drought tolerant in shade here in the Pacific NW. Simply lovely.

Plant pairing for sun – ceanothus and euphorbia 0

Posted on May 03, 2010 by Paige

Ceanothus (cv unknown) and Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii

A ceanothus in bloom is incandescent. In mid spring, the deep violet-blue flowers burst forth from tiny, deep pink buds totally engulfing an 5-8’ x 8’ shrub in a radiant cloud of blueness. Read the rest of this entry →

Groundcover pair for shade 0

Posted on April 20, 2010 by Paige

One groundcover is useful, two or three together and you’re on your way to art before you even worry about other plants.

Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' with Saxifraga 'Primuloides' and a hosta (probably 'June')

However, mixing groundcovers is a tricky business. Read the rest of this entry →



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