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A sultry plant combo at NYBG

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

I found this little combo a few years ago in the Lady’s Border at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Red/burgundy is the theme here, and the star of the show is the architectural ‘Oakhurst’ pineapple lily (Eucomis ‘Oakhurst’, USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11). It’s burgundy tones are subtly matched with the red stems of ‘Dawn’ viburnum (Viburnum X bodnantense ‘Dawn’, Zones 7-8) and the deep burgundy foliage of ‘Bull’s Blood’ beets (Beta vulgaris ‘Bull’s Blood’, annual). Rounding out the combo is the wispy white flowers of Gladiolus callianthus (Zones 8-10).

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  1. sheilaschultz 03/08/2011

    I feel transported to the heat of a summer day when I see the shadows on the pineapple lily and glad leaves.

  2. arboretum 03/08/2011

    brilliant! as a real fan of maroon/black/dk. purple foliage and flower, this combo is inspiring. also note that the sophisticated designer of that bed- has included the white and maroon flowered acidanthera (in the background, one flower showing).
    thanks much

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