Steven W., who gardens in western Washington State (Zone 8b) with his gardening partner, Sandy Lynch, sent in these images of some inspired plant combinations from his dreamy garden. If you missed his garden last time we featured it, be sure to check it out here.
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–9) and bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 6–9) looking absolutely perfect together. Hydrangeas, famously, are bluer on acidic soil and pinker on alkaline soils because they require aluminum to make the blue pigment and it is easier for plants to absorb aluminum from soil if it is acidic. This hydrangea is blue just blushing into pink in a way that complements the bright magenta tones of the coneflower perfectly.
A brilliant yellow Asiatic lily (Lilium, Asiatic group, Zones 5–8) looks all the brighter for being set against the backdrop of a dark pink-purple astilbe (Astilbe sp., Zones 4–8).
A collection of bright daisies, including hybrid coneflowers (Echinacea hybrids, Zones 3–9) and a sunny black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 3–9).
Pure white delphinium (Delphinium elatum, Zones 2–7) with a soft lavender aster.
A backdrop of deep purple asters makes this zinnia (Zinnia elegans, annual) look all the brighter.
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