Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 92: Favorite Plant Pairings

Video by Danielle Sherry and Steve Aitken. Edited by Kara Demos.

Peas and carrots. Peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. If this were Jeopardy, the correct answer would be “What are perfect pairings?” On this episode, we’re talking about two plants that just seem to belong together. It could be that they have complementary textures, or they bloom in unison, or perhaps their habits fit together like puzzle pieces. String a few of these perfect plant pairs together, and you’re sure to get a garden that is pleasing to the eye.

Expert testimony: Amy Galloway is a horticulturist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

Danielle’s Plants

Foxtail lily and ‘Scarlet Peony’ annual poppy
Foxtail lily and ‘Scarlet Peony’ annual poppy

Pairing 1

Foxtail lily (Eremurus robustus, Zones 5–9)

‘Scarlet Peony’ annual poppy (Papaver somniferum ‘Scarlet Peony’, annual)

Invincibelle Wee White® smooth hydrangea, ‘Golden Angel’ Japanese shrub mint, and ‘Ogon’ spirea
Invincibelle Wee White® smooth hydrangea, ‘Golden Angel’ Japanese shrub mint, and ‘Ogon’ spirea

Pairing 2

Invincibelle Wee White® smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA5’, Zones 3–8)

‘Golden Angel’ Japanese shrub mint (Leucosceptrum japonicum ‘Golden Angel’, Zones 5–8)

'Ogon' spirea, sedum, and purple fountain grass
‘Ogon’ spirea, sedum, and purple fountain grass

Pairing 3

‘Ogon’ spirea (Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’, Zones 4–8)

Upright sedum (Hylotelephium cv., Zones 3–9)

Purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’, Zones 9–10)

 

Steve’s Plants

Heart-leaf Alexander and ‘Brilliance’ autumn fern
Heart-leaf Alexander and ‘Brilliance’ autumn fern

Pairing 1

Heart-leaf Alexander (Zizia aptera, Zones 3–8)

‘Brilliance’ autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’, Zones 5–8)

Valentine® bleeding heart and ‘All Gold’ Japanese forest grass
Valentine® bleeding heart and ‘All Gold’ Japanese forest grass

Pairing 2

Valentine® bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis ‘Hordival’, Zones 3–9)

‘All Gold’ Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’, Zones 5–9)

‘Lavender Arrowhead’ daylily and ‘Hummelo’ betony
‘Lavender Arrowhead’ daylily and ‘Hummelo’ betony

Pairing 3

‘Lavender Arrowhead’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Lavender Arrowhead’, Zones 3–10)

‘Hummelo’ betony (Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’, Zones 4–8)
 
 

Expert’s Plants

Amy Galloway is a horticulturist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

Texas bluebell and old field goldenrod (Photo Credit: Amy Galloway)
Texas bluebell and old field goldenrod. Photo: Amy Galloway

Pairing 1

Texas bluebell (Eustoma exaltatum ssp. russellianum, Zones 8–10)

Old field goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis, Zones 3–9)

Giant coneflower and purple coneflower (Photo Credit: Amy Galloway)
Giant coneflower and purple coneflower. Photo: Amy Galloway

Pairing 2

Giant coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima, Zones  4–9)

Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–9)

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  1. Mashabear21 08/26/2021

    I’ve always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend. This is so beautiful. | Albany Deck and Fence

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