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Echinacea purpurea and Aralia Sun King

Today’s photos are from Lynette Rodriguez.

I am a horticulturist through education: UW-Madison BS ’93. Along with my husband, Francisco, we operate a small landscape business in northern Illinois where we design, install, and maintain multiple sites. I love color-combo vignettes and choose plant material to ensure successful plantings. Our clients allow us to “just do what we do” in order to keep the gardens beautiful. We love our job!

rime ice on a treeThis is a photo I took during a recent “application” of rime ice that blanketed the trees and shrubs on various mornings. Unfortunately, there’s no blue sky in the background, but it was beautiful nonetheless.

rime iceMore rime ice. Rime ice develops when high humidity combines with cold temperatures.

Coleus VinoSweep and fill the gap—it sounds like a football play, but it’s a design tactic I implement to blend colors. A sweep of Diervilla ‘Cool Splash’ (Zones 4–8) is highlighted with Coleus ‘Vino’ (annual) behind it and ‘American Salmon’ geranium (Pelargonium ‘American Salmon’, annual) in the front. Dashes of powdery blue Ageratum ‘Blue Horizon’ (annual) emerge from the bed to calm the richness of the coleus. A sweep of Cleome ‘Señorita Rosita’ (annual) and Salvia ‘Amistad’ (Zones 8–10 or as an annual) provide a break between the dark foliage of the Pennisetum ‘First Knight’ (Zones 7–11 or as an annual) and the aforementioned coleus.

Angelonia Angelface Wedgewood BlueAllium ‘Millenium’ (Zones 5–9) and Angelonia ‘Angelface Wedgewood Blue’ (annual) are a match made in heaven.

Echinacea purpureaAralia ‘Sun King’ (Zones 4–8) and echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 5–8) didn’t seem like a fit at first, but when the coneflower came into full flower I found I loved this combo way more than I anticipated I would.

peach hibiscusA hanging basket fronted with a peach hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis hybrid, Zones 10–11 or as an annual). The hanging basket consists of Begonia ‘Unbelievable Lucky Strike’, dwarf marguerite sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas, Zones 9–11 or as an annual), Fuchsia ‘Bella Mariska’ (annual), and Coleus ‘Wedding Train’ (annual).

Verbena bonariensisVerbena bonariensis (Zones 7–11 or as an annual) with Autumn Joy sedum (Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’, Zones 3–9) in the background.

Clematis The First LadyClematis ‘The First Lady’ and ‘Polish Spirit’ (Zones 4–11, although I’m not sure this is a correct ID) mingle together with perfection.

mass container plantingsThis is actually three pots set close enough together to create a feeling of one large planting. From left to right: dusty miller (Jacobaea maritima, Zones 7–11 or as an annual), Scaveola ‘Scampi Blue’ (annual), Coleus ‘Vino’ (annual), Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ (Zones 4–9), Coleus ‘Wedding Train’ (annual), Pentas ‘Jessica’ (annual), Pennisetum ‘Black Knight’, Ageratum ‘Blue Horizon’, dwarf marguerite sweet potato vine, Coleus ‘Alabama Sunset’ (annual), Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’ (Zones 6–9), and golden sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Icterina’, Zones 4–8).

frost covered gardenThis photo was taken at my house on October 5, 2020. It was “the end of the gardening season in morning light.” I am always sad to say goodbye to the garden in the fall, but the fall morning light and fall color help to ease the pain.

Winter forest sceneThis forest scene makes one stop in the stillness of winter. The old oaks stretch across the pathway to provide shelter and mystery to all who linger in their grandeur.


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  1. PattyLouise 02/11/2021

    Beautiful! Love the combinations! Very inspirational!

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    treasuresmom 02/11/2021

    Love it all.

  3. user-7020748 02/11/2021

    Wonderful combinations! An inspiration for spring.

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    cindijacobs 02/11/2021

    so pretty! love the rim ice and letting us know the term. Coleus are one of my favorite annuals and you use them so well and they complement everything in these gardens.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    simplesue 02/11/2021

    So that's what that ice is called, "rime", so interesting to learn.
    Love your "Sweep and fill the gap" design technique, what a beautiful grouping of plants, it really works well!
    Such a beautiful "end of season with morning light" photo of your garden!
    Oh and love that snow covered woodland with the old oaks, such beauty!

  6. stewpot 02/11/2021

    Ditto on what everyone said above. You have the gift. Thank you for sharing and inspiring! Waiting impatiently for springtime in the rockies...

  7. btucker9675 02/11/2021

    Beautiful photos and garden!! Love the snow covered oaks scene especially.

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    bdowen 02/11/2021

    Beautiful color combinations. I especially like the peach hibiscus/hanging basket with begonias combination.

  9. carolineyoungwilliams 02/22/2021

    Lynette, I just love the way you combined colors, textures and plants. That's right up my alley. I love it. You and your husband have created a beautiful landscape...Absolutely beautiful. With pen and paper in hand, I've made notes to improve my flowerbeds with new and different plants. Thank you so much for sharing. May your journey be Blessed.

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