Six on Saturday: Combo

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:

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24 Responses to Six on Saturday: Combo

  1. bcparkison says:

    Oh I like all of your combos. New to me is the short pittosporum..My late husband brought home several “pittyfulsporums’ as he called them not thinking they would do any thing. They are now as tall as the house and must be cut back from the fig trees. You just never know what will take hold and what won’t.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Beverley – I had to smile at the idea of the “pittyfulsporums’! Tom Thumb should only grow to a metre, but I have realised the one in the shady border grows to about 2m, so will need to be moved further back

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I can understand why you’ve shown the first combination a few times, with its beautiful complementary colours. I particularly like the Sedum Jose Aubergine, a plant that would do well in my garden, I think. Also, the Nandina is a glorious colour. I don’t think I’ve seen one quite like that before. Your photos remind me of how long it takes to fill a garden up- something I’m still trying to do.

  3. Kris P says:

    That Nandina is gorgeous! It’s not one I’ve seen on this side of the pond but I’ll be looking for it.

    • Cathy says:

      It’s certainly widely available in the UK, Kris – Nandina domestica ‘Obsessed’ (‘Seika’). Sometimes listed as ‘Obsession’. Unlike some nandinas, it doesn’t have berries

  4. Jacqueline says:

    Your persicaria are beautiful , I have the same, I like them.
    Your marriage between the 2 clematis is also beautiful.
    Good evening.

  5. The Clematis are beautiful. I have several viticella but no texensis varieties. That needs to be rectified! A great Six.

  6. Some most attractive combinations Cathy. I’m especially drawn to the first one. Your nandina is really on fire! I must check what’s happening with mine next time I’m at the caravan.

    • Cathy says:

      The colour of the nandina still takes me by surprise when I see it, Anna! Hope yours is as fiery too! How many more weeks before you shut up the caravan for the winter?

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it was always an interesting challenge, wasn’t it, especially combining the various disciplines?

  7. Noelle says:

    Some great eye pleasers there Cathy. Like Anna I love the first picture, seeing plants adjacent to others and seeing how they prop each other in the sense of contrasting forms and colours is very pleasing.

  8. Lora Hughes says:

    You’ve got some great accidental clusters there. Your nandina is looking really fantastic. I would never’ve thought to put 2 white clematis (or anything) together, but there’s more there than colour, isn’t there? A really great combo & that they’re long blooming just makes it all the better.

  9. tonytomeo says:

    That nandina is rad! Some color well with chill. Some color well in warmth. We lack both serious chill and serious warmth. Nandina colors well for us too, but nothing like yours.

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