Garden Photo of the Day

Black & blue isn’t always painful

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Today’s photo was taken in the garden of Kristin Green in Bristol, Rhode Island. I was walking around her charming, in-town garden recently when I rounded the far corner of the house and was floored by this combo of dramatic colors, shapes, and textures. Dreamy!

The plants in this combo include:
Butterbur (Petasites japonicus, USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9)
‘Ellen’s Blue’ butterfly bush (Buddleia ‘Ellen’s Blue’, Zones 5-9)
Black Lace™ elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’, Zones 4-7)
Bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla cv., Zones 5-9)

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  1. wGardens 07/29/2010

    Great combo! Looks like Sambucus is a "must-have"! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Gdarla 07/29/2010

    What a delightful combination!

  3. Deanneart 07/29/2010

    This is really superb

  4. user-7006878 07/29/2010

    Very nice combination, but even better is that I now know that butterbur is the name of the great plant growing in my garden! I got it at a plant exchange, but couldn't find it in any of my books. Now I know what conditions it likes, although by pure accident, I seem to have planted it in an ideal location. Thanks for the serendipitous identification.

  5. wwross 07/29/2010

    This is absolutely beautiful. But its not really black.

  6. arboretum 07/29/2010

    ah, yes, Ellen's Blue.Dan Hinckley introduced that 15? years ago. That was when I bought my first one; brought back from Heronswood. but lost it after a year and subsequently lost it 3 more times up here in z.5 no. of boston. sigh.
    I finally realized that I went to college for a reason, and stopped trying.it was the bluest buddleia I had seen, which was why i kept trying. soo lovely. congrats Kristin, you is a lucky girl!
    best,
    mindy
    http://www.cottonarboretum.com/

  7. LaFlor 07/30/2010

    Beautiful dramatic arrangement of plants & flowers. Makes me want to try to put that in my garden.

  8. Kris_at_Blithewold 07/30/2010

    Thanks all! And thanks, Michelle for your visit and kind words about my wacky (charming!) garden. It's funny about that buddleia - it never looked as blue to me before I moved it to that spot. It's just like someone with blue eyes wearing turquoise - the hydrangea really brings out its color.

  9. grizmom3 07/30/2010

    Nice combination!! Congrats to you!

    grizmom3

  10. sheilaschultz 07/31/2010

    Some of my fave combos are subtle in color, but high in visual impact... Man, this combination does it for me!

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