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Friday, March 30, 2012

Figuring Out the Combo

Finding the perfect companion can be one of the biggest challenges in life. There’s no real secret but when you figure out the combo, you tend to stick with it because it works. Same philosophy with figuring out that perfect plant companion; if it works, keep it. So when you start down that road of discovering all the beautiful plant material available, don’t base it just on good looks but whether it has the durability to last. So one word of caution - don’t become frustrated by those initial efforts of falling in love with the wrong plant material including those few failures you’d rather forget. When you do combine that smashing color with the right texture and panache, you’ll know if it’s working in your garden or not. And remember, the perfect plant combination is personal preference. Some folks may prefer subdued with little to no maintenance while others may say bring on the bold splashes of color and lots of engaging days in the garden. Either way, spring is the season to work those combos and figure out if you have the perfect plant companion. To wrap up this thought, let’s take the advice of the famous British gardener, Christopher Lloyd. “In answer to the amateur gardener’s eternally repeated question ‘When should I?’ and ‘What’s the best time to?’ I’ve concluded that nine times out of ten the answer is ‘When you’re thinking about it; when you’re in the mood.”  

Image of a Hemerocallis ‘Strutter’s Ball’ and Hydrangea paniculata ‘Unique’ combo by Greg Bilowz

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