Today’s six are all combinations that bring me pleasure. Do visit our host, Jon and his Propagator’s blog to see a wide range of other sixes from around the globe.
I have shown the above combination many times, and as largely foliage plants it brings me joy for several months of the year. Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’ and the carex on the right are both ‘evergreen’, as is the dark mondo grass Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’. The fleshy leaves on Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’ have just begun to change from green to (surprise surprise!) aubergine, which not only mimics the adjacent mondo grass but the dark flecks in the variegated persicaria, P ‘Painter’s Palette’, which in turn links to the bright foliage of the carex. This was an entirely coincidental grouping
Just a little to the left of this is another coincidental placement, Nandina ‘Obsessed’ next to Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’; the rose has just started flowering again after a short break so the impact isn’t quite as great as it was earlier, but the new foliage of the nandina is glowing in a way that really picks out the gorgeous deep-redness of the blooms. A further hint of red is given by the dangly blooms of hardy Fuchsia magellanica, whilst Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’ is beginnning to colour up too.
Taking a few steps further along and looking towards the stream and the streamside border I could photograph my third winning combo, Persicaria ‘Blackfield’, Lythrum ‘Dropmore Purple’, Clematis viticella ‘Rosalyn’ and rambling rose ‘Rural England’; there had been another clematis on the pillar itself but this has finished flowering,
I have shown a pot of Busy Lizzies recently, and here is another one, especially pleasing because of the absence of any ‘coral’ shaded ones in the random selection I planted. I love how all the pots of these have become domed in the centre as they have become increasingly floriferous – no idea how that happens but it adds to their attraction:
There were several other combinations vying for inclusion today, but for my fifth selection is that clematis pairing again, C viticella Prince George and C texensis ‘Princess Kate’ who have been bonding floriferously since June and show no signs of stopping yet:
My sixth Six is from the cutting beds, where I was trying to capture the deep burgundy shades of Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ and Scabiosa ‘Black Knight’ in one photograph; it didn’t quite work out as I had hoped but instead I have a pleasing photograph of a resting butterfly on the rudbeckia; from the wing shape I am guessing it is a comma, which has been seen occasionally in the garden in recent years. That’ll do me for me: