Appreciation: Appealing plant combinations

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    This is somebody else's idea, but I can't find the instigating thread. I think the point was to highlight attractive plant combinations or arrangements. That's what I'm doing here anyway.

    Here are a few combinations I've noticed in the past week.
    This is in the "black garden" area at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
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    Featured plants are Oxalis spiralis 'Aureus', Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' (black mondo grass), Coleus, Penstemon digitalis, some Araceae (looks like Colocasia esculenta to me, but I haven't checked it out), and the purple plant on the right.
    Combo-VanDusen-BlackGarden_Cutler_20201002_142637.jpg Combo-VanDusen-Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’_Cutler_20201002_142647.jpg Combo-VanDusen-Coleus_Cutler_20201002_142650.jpg Combo-VanDusen-Penstemon-digitalis_Cutler_20201002_142713.jpg Combo-VanDusen-Araceae_Cutler_20201002_142730.jpg

    Here is another from VanDusen, still the black garden area.
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    The Oxalis spiralis 'Aureus' is again featured, along with Celosia plumosa and what I have been calling Colocasia esculenta 'Blue Hawaii', but that's not on the garden's database, and several other cultivars are listed, so maybe it has a different name. I really dislike red and yellow together, but the red here is dark enough to be exciting.
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    This somewhat self-conscious arrangement is at False Creek, one of the boardwalk entrances to Granville Island.
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    I don't know what the pendulous feature plant in the background is.
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    In addition to Nandina and Imperata (Japanese blood grass), there are Berberis thunbergii and Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'. I was less interested in the Euphorbia and Lonicera nitida and whatever the blue flowers are at the far end - that seemed like a separate arrangement.
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    @wcutler good morning Wendy, I do enjoy seeing other peoples combinations of plants. Everybody seems to have a different idea on how a garden should look and it is this that I like. There are colour wheels to go by, but IMO the most interesting is when a person does their own thing. It may not be what we would do in our own garden, but it is fascinating to see.
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Goipod morning, I thought I would add a combination from my garden that does well. It is my Cryptomeria Japonica 'Sekkan Sugi' and Acer palmatum 'Beni Maiko'.
    I took a photo of my Sekkan Sugi branch in the foreground with the sun shining on it to highlight the contrasts of colours.
     

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