Sunday, September 25, 2011

Combinations for Late Summer - II

Fall has come, but my heart hasn't caught up yet.
These photos from early September highlight
some great late summer plant combinations.

Hot pink Cleome blooms
burst like fireworks over
Purple Haze Hyssop (Agastache 'Purple Haze'), above. 


Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaeeum 'Rubrum')
joins in to create a winning trio.

Reblooming Stella D'Oro Daylilies (Hemerocallis 'Stella D'Oro), annual Salvia, Blackeyed Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm') and Blue Fescue (Fescue glauca) make a bright group.


For a more subtle palette, combine
pale blue Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Small Spire)
a white variety of Purple Coneflower (perhaps Echinacea purpurea 'White Natalie'), 
the still green flower buds of Autumn Joy Sedum (Sedum 'Autumn Joy') and
Blue Star (Amsonia ciliata) foliage beginning the change to autumn yellow.

A blue Butterfly bush (perhaps Buddleia Blue Chip Lo and Behold)
looks great with
Sedum Autumn Joy (foreground and rear right),
a purple leaved Ninebark (foreground - Physocarpus opulifolius variety), and
Purple Coneflower (back middle - Echinacea purpurea).


Still neutral here, Autumn Joy Sedum's
rosy blooms steal the show come fall. 
See more great Autumn Joy Sedum combinations here.

For more late summer combinations, see: 
Combinations for Late Summer I
Combinations for Late Summer III
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10 comments:

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Stunning color combinations in your lush garden...so beautiful!

HolleyGarden said...

I love the blue and yellow combination. And when your sedum turns pink it will be glorious! Your garden looks amazing. I love all the different textures.

Giga said...

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Chris said...

Karin: I always love passing this garden - it has a fantastic plant palette with something happening all season long.
HollyGarden: Blue and yellow is one of my favorite color combinations, and this is a example of how bright and cheerful it is.
Giga: Thanks for stopping by - I love that purple grass too!

Alistair said...

Such terrific colour combinations you have in the garden and so many. I have always liked the cone flowers but they don't do so well in our garden.

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

I saw your combinations yesterday, but did not have time for a comment. They really are quite beautiful and brighten up your garden making a nice transition of summer color to fall. I use that color of cleome quite a bit and it looks great with so many colors, especially the blues and purples.

Cathy and Steve said...

Love your use of the fountain grass - that was a new acquisition for us this year and I'm still not certain where it's going to end up and how we'll use it here.

The blue and yellow combination is also great, but the real show stoppers (at least until Autumn Joy blooms!) are the cleomes. Totally awesome!

pontos said...

Mi piace tantissimo quella combinazione di colori verdi. Complimenti per il giardino.

Saluti.

Andrea said...

Even if we don't have these flowers except the cleome, i agree very much with the color combinations and their height complimentation. However, personally i always gravitate on the blues and purples, but they are not very common in the tropics. They prefer colder climes.

greggo said...

I use many of the same combos. Delicious.

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