Garden Photo of the Day

A Big Combo of Diverse Plants

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Here’s another combo in our series from NYC’s Conservatory Garden in Central Park. I love the subtlety of this combo, and also how different all of the plants are.

  • First you’ve got a couple of hydrangeas:
    • both a green-flowered smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens cv., USDA Hardiness Zones 4-9)
    • and a white-variegated bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla cv., Zones 5-9).
  • Then there’s the dramatic foliage of:
    • annual purple perilla (Perilla frutescens cv.) in the front that echoes the
    • purple-flowered burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis cv., Zones 3-8) in the back.
  • A just-past-peak astilbe (Astilbe cv., Zones 3-8) adds some ferny texture to the front.



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  1. sheilaschultz 02/09/2011

    No question why you took this photo, all the different textures make the combo really interesting... and I love the subtle colors.

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