Here are some plant combinations that are looking good in the garden. The first perennial photos are mostly in shady sections, and the last pictures are in the sunnier part shade areas.
The Pulmonaria flowers have weaved their way between the ostrich fern fronds. Some fern fronds in a bouquet always look good, and here the bouquet is right in the garden. This photo is from a few weeks ago.
The Heuchera ‘Mint Frost’ (coral bells) leaves are adjacent to the bright blue Pulmonaria flowers. The Pulmonaria flowers are just ending now, and the Heuchera will be blooming soon, so the flowering times won’t overlap but green patterned leaves set off the blue flowers in this duo.
Here’s a combination of a lady fern with red stems looking extra fresh and green in front of the silver Pulmonaria. I like this pair together.
This is a combination from a couple of weeks ago. Helleborus is the little plant that keeps on going. It was up so early in my garden, and the greenish flower bracts were still going as the blue Brunnera macrophylla bloomed.
Here the Heuchera are next to the blue flowers of the Campanula cochlearifolia (fairy thimble bellflower), in front of some tall ferns. There’s a bit more blue from Campanula poscharskyana (Serbian bellflower) by the birdbath.
Here’s a light and airy combination of purplish blue Campanula rotundifolia (harebell) and white Campanula carpatica This couple will last in the garden for most of the summer and into fall.
These are the last few sky blue blooms of the Brunnera macrophylla with the new, dark blue flowers of Campanula carpatica (carpathian bellflower). They will only overlap for a brief time. Now, the carpathian bellflowers will carry on the blue until fall.
This one of the last of the yellow Iris. At the end of the iris bloom time, it bent over enough to flower with the bluish purple buds of the Campanula poscharskyana (Serbian bellflower), which is much shorter.
The next perennial combinations are from a sunnier part shade area of the garden.
One of the last few yellow Iris is flowering with the purple Campanula glomerata (clustered bellflower). I’m not keen on the habits of the C. glomerata, but the purple does look nice combined with the yellow iris, and then later with the pink peony.
A small pink bud of the Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ is just starting to open next to the purple Campanula ‘Summertime Blues’. This should look pretty as more peony buds open, to bring lots more pink petals to the combination.
This white and blue combination has some Aruncus dioicus (goatsbeard) with some Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ that have just stared flowering. Normally, the goatsbeard would be the much taller one of this pair, but this one is a little stunted.
The photo above shows a pleasing group of purple and pink, Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ and Campanula glomerata. Both of this pair are drooping a little from the rain, but luckily they drooped together.
Do you have any particular combinations you’re enjoying in your garden now?