Six on Saturday: Some Combinations

As the garden continues to burgeon and more plants start flowering some pleasing combinations have been appearing, like the combination of aquilegia (Green Apples), astrantia (Star of Beauty) and allium that I have enjoyed in previous years, although it’s not the best of photographs. Staking these allium is on my list of to-do jobs for tomorrow, to right the nearly 45Ā° angle they are currently standing at.

The rediscovered Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ has been further enhanced by Tulip ‘Victoria’s Secret’ and Astrantia ‘Ruby Wedding’…

… whilst Victoria’s Secret also features alongside a white aquilegia and Centaurea ‘Jordy’…

… and with bunny tails grass Lagurus ovatus and another clump of Astrantia ‘Ruby Wedding’…

Distributed throughout the borders, that batch of 50 tulip bulbs has certainly proved its worth, but there are other combinations that don’t involve them, like the glorious shade of pink of Rhododendron yakushimanum ‘Vintage Rose’ and its neighbour R ‘TorchLight’. The adjacent Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ would have complemented this pairing but if it had reached its full height yet.

Finally, not a combination but a contrast, is the bog-standard lily-of-the-valley Convallaria majalis and the refreshingly different C majalis ‘Golden Slippers’:

Thank you to Jon the Propagator who hosts this Saturday meme, where you will find links to other Sixes from around the world, and who I am sure won’t mind me throwing in a bonus picture of the wisteria:


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34 Responses to Six on Saturday: Some Combinations

  1. Utterly glorious, I can hear the bees buzzing. ā¤

  2. tonytomeo says:


  3. OH! Victoria’s Secret!

  4. bcparkison says:

    Way ahead of my pitiful garden.. The wisteria is my fave and I wish mine was purple …its white.. Pretty but not as pretty as yours.

    • Cathy says:

      But perhaps with a later start yours will still he going when mine isn’t…? Ironically, I would like a white wisteria… (as well as my existing one though!) šŸ˜‰

  5. Heyjude says:

    What a beautiful wisteria, I know you prune it extremely well. It shows. Your alliums and astrantias are well ahead of mine!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks for your kind comments about the wisteria – you can see why I was so cross with the wood pigeons last year! šŸ˜ It always surprises me that alliums arrive in May rather than June, but this is certainly the norm for these ones here – when will yours bloom?

  6. That wisteria is a triumph. Iā€™m rather regretting plumping for one with shorter racemes now!

    • Cathy says:

      I don’t think I gave the variety any thought when I bought mine – these days I certainly would! The racemes on this can reach 24″ and are not at their full extent yet… šŸ˜‰

  7. Love those tulips! Gorgeous

  8. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I love a garden bed that has a lot of different plants complementing each other, but still looking as if it all happened naturally, as yours do.

    • Cathy says:

      I hope the investment pays off and they do return, as a previous small batch has done for a number of years

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jane – any successful planting combination has been a happy coincidence, I can assure you! šŸ˜

  9. Rosie Amber says:

    Lots of lovely combinations, those purples are stunning.

  10. Noelle says:

    Wisteria end is sublime, and I also admire the combinations. It is not just the plants but the combinations, for example the colour you painted the wisteria wall, then the festooning of the blossoms as edged with green, a tour de force I would say.

    • Cathy says:

      And just serendipitious, Noelle – honest! I am really pleased with the contribution these tulips have made though, as they have worked well everywhere they were planted

  11. Going Batty in Wales says:

    You are very clever with your colour combinations! And I am drooling over your wisteria – will mine ever be that magnificent I wonder?

    • Cathy says:

      No credit needed though, as they are all happy coincidences! I cried when my wisteria first flowered – it took 6 years and I was so so thrilled when it finally happened. I think it was planted in 2000, but has been flowering well for many years as I am sure yours will in due course (in a sensible location and appropriate pruning of course)

      • Going Batty in Wales says:

        Well I moved it from a place where it was clearly unhappy and it hasn’t grown enough to need any pruning so far. I live in ghope that it will now thrive and flower and I will learn about pruning in due course.

        • Cathy says:

          Hope it grows well for you in its new home – and I suspect it is stilll worth doing the twice yearly pruning even of it is still small as the winter pruning encourages the flowers – summer pruning of new whips to about 6 leaves, and then winter pruning back to two buds

  12. hb says:

    Great job on your Wisteria! The paint color on the wall and window frame are just perfect for it.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you šŸ˜Š I was going to say the pink was there before the wisteria was, but I don’t think it was – and I certainly have no regrets painting the house pink!

  13. Cathy says:

    Ooh, the wisteria is a picture this year Cathy! šŸ˜ƒ I partciularly like the tangerine and purple combination, and those two rhododendrons together. Have a lovely gardening day. šŸŒ·

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – yes, it was a relief to have the full display from the wisteria this year after last year’s pigeon debacle!

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