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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Great combo! Looks like Sambucus is a "must-have"! Thanks for sharing.
What a delightful combination!
This is really superb
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.
This is absolutely beautiful. But its not really black.
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!
Beautiful dramatic arrangement of plants & flowers. Makes me want to try to put that in my garden.
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.
Nice combination!! Congrats to you!
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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