Sunday, June 12, 2011

Spring Combinations I


Even better than spring flowers are 
great spring flower combinations.
Take a look at some
pretty pairs spotted
early this spring.

Perky yellow tulips brighten
the receding blue of
Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica), above.

Charteuse coral bells (Heuchera var.) and
deep green foliage make a nice foil to accentuate
blue Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica).

 
Primary colors blue and red of
grape hyacinth and
cowslip (Primula veris)
make a bright early spring combination.


A quieter color scheme,
grape hyacinth and daffodils
are bright spots
amid new Hosta shoots.

Daffodils clustered around a
star magnolia (Magnolia stellata)
shout out the start of spring.
 


Fringed bleeding heart (Dicentra eximia), foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia),
Caramel coral bells (Heuchera 'Caramel') and candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)
make a nice spring grouping.


Fringed bleeding heart (Dicentra eximia)
also looks great with
Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) and grape hyacinth.



Or give it a bold textural contrast
with a broad-leaved foliage plant,
like cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior).


Shocking pink tulips are another option.
The monocromatic colors create unity while the
textural variety adds interest.


 
Variegated hosta set a nice stage for
bright pink bleeding heart blooms (Dicentra spectabilis).


Dainty blue Siberian bugloss
(Brunnera macrophylla) flowers provide a
contrasting counterpoint to the
bold foliage of 
variegated Solomon's seal
(Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum 'Variegatum').


Pink tulips echoing the
pale pink hues of weeping cherry,
heighten the effect.

 

A bright yellow background of
Emerald 'N Gold euonymus
(Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'N Gold') 
helps these
red tulips pop. 

 
A single bold tulip and shy bunny are
highlighted within the neutral frame of
Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) and white variegated hosta.
 


Tulips and early blooming
PJM Azaleas (Rhododendron 'PJM')
make a pretty pair.


Emerging variegated sedge (Carex var.- front) and
creeping phlox (Phlox subulata - rear) are also
nice companion plants to tulips. 

Make your spring flowers even
more spectacular
by highlighting them
in effective combinations.

13 comments:

Masha said...

Beautiful! I love the variegated hosta with the bleeding heart. Very good ideas for combinations, thanks for posting all these wonderful pictures.

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Such beautiful displays of color...I like them all!

One said...

You have done a really good job in the combinations. They look so beautiful and inspiring.

HolleyGarden said...

I agree that combinations can make each flower all the more beautiful. I especially love your tulips and rhododendron together. All very pretty.

Alistair said...

Your combination planting and photos are quite exceptional. I particularly like the Virginia bluebells.

Cat said...

Your spring garden is so lush and colorful and your combinations are masterful!

Chris said...

Masha: It is a nice combination - one that I saw on a walk in my neighborhood. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos!
Karin: Such wonder our world offers!
One: I'm happy that I could capture the beauty created by talented gardeners in my area.
HollyGarden: The tulips and rhododendron were at the house across the street from ours - it was quite striking.
Alistair: I took the photos, but can't take credit for creating the combinations. The virginia bluebells got me as well - I'm determined to get some in my garden.
Cat: The photos are from around my town - we have some great gardeners, don't we?

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

What great spring blooms! Love the picture with the hostas and Bleeding Hearts.

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

Great combinations. Anything goes with Virginia bluebells--they are so beautiful and bleeding hearts are very versatile too. Love the red cowslip primroses, I only have yellow. Maybe we could trade!

Donna said...

I love the spring combos..so much to choose from....the reds and purples are becoming a new fav combo of mine this year

Carol Flett said...

Love the rodos and tulips!

Chris said...

Janet: The gentle arching of the hosta leaves is a nice echo of the arching bleeding heart flower stalks, isn't it?
Carolyn: I love those Virginia bluebells. If I recall, you have a very pretty red primrose. The red cowslip primroses are in my friend's garden - she and I swap plants - she'd probably be happy for a trade.
Donna: Spring is rich with color - such a treat for the eyes!
Carol: They are pretty, aren't they? Thanks for the visit and for taking the time to let me know you were here!

Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Chris, A very inspiring posting full of good ideas. I especially like the fringed bleeding heart, foam flower, caramel coral bells and candytuft combination. P. x

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