Plants that compliment each other, placed together, are a gardener's dream. Some gardeners can do this instinctively. Others learn. Then there are those of us that just get lucky and do it accidentally!
I am pleased to have some pairings of plants in my garden that I feel are really quite pretty. This accomplishment, though mostly through accident, still gives me great joy. Just look at what's popping up in my garden:
Dianthus and roses. This particular pair was accidental. I just needed something to fill in here until I decided exactly what I wanted to plant with these roses. I bought the dianthus as an annual, (unnamed mix) last summer. When the rose above it bloomed (a Knockout), it amazed me how close the two colors blended.
I could not have picked a better match if I had tried!
The second pairing I love is dianthus 'Fire Witch' with boxwoods. The contrast of the bright green of the boxwoods, the grey of the dianthus, plus the pop of bright pink against the green make this a very cheerful pairing.
They surround the rose 'Ebb Tide', which is grown here as a standard. The color above is not accurate - Ebb Tide is more purple, while Fire Witch is more pink.
Another pair of beauties is a purple iris (unnamed) with May Night salvia. The two purples play off each other and really draw the eye.
This last pair is my favorite. A complete accident, it thrilled me when I first saw this combination. 'May Night' salvia rises above the groundcover phlox 'Candy Stripe' in a delightful combination. I'm going to use this pair in more areas, now that I see how pretty they are together.
I can't wait to see which plantings make great couples this summer!
Do you have a favorite spring plant pairing?