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Making Perfect Vignettes in the Garden

A landscaper combines plants to great effect in his home garden

Today’s photos come from Russell Camp. For his day job, he manages about 2,400 acres of school campus landscapes and sports turf for a large K-12 district near Atlanta. If that was my job, I think I’d be too tired to garden at home, but the photos below show that Russell indeed loves to garden at home as well.

This lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina, Zones 4–8) has silvery, fuzzy leaves that contrast beautifully with the darker-foliage plants behind it.


Double purple tulips (possibly the variety ‘Royal Acres’) in the spring garden. Don’t forget that for many of us, the time to plant tulips and other spring bulbs is just starting. It isn’t too late to ensure your own springtime display just like this.


More of the tulips, with cherry yellow violas (Viola × wittrockiana, cool season annuals) blooming in between them. Violas and pansies are perfect combinations for tulips and other spring bulbs, as they fill in the space between the bulbs to create wonderful carpets of color. In mild winter climates (Zone 7 or so and warmer), you can plant the violas in the fall when you put in the bulbs, and both will flower their heads off in the spring. In colder climates, it is usually better to plant the violas or pansies in the early spring.


A trio of containers. I love the contrast of the rich-blue glazed pottery and the bright-pink flowers in each planter. There are some different plants in each container, but by sticking to and repeating the same color scheme, Russell has pulled these three containers together into one visual whole.


Sometimes we pack containers with loads of different plants, but putting just one specimen in each pot can be beautiful as well. The deep, rich color of the hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 6–9) here contrasts beautifully with the soft-yellow marigold (Tagetes erecta, annual) behind it.


This daylily came with a new home Russell purchased a few years ago, so he doesn’t know the cultivar name. But it is beautiful! If anyone knows the name, please let us know in the comments. Here are some great daylilies.


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    treasuresmom 10/17/2018

    Love the color of that hydrangea. What type/mixture soil are you using in the container? What do you do with these in the winter?

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    meander_michaele 10/17/2018

    Several of these photos certainly highlight the effective pairing of the pinkish purple family with shades of yellow...even the inherited daylilies fit the bill. I love the deep blue glazed pottery containers...they make for a striking grouping planted up with almost anything. Nice job on everything, Russell.

  3. Sunshine111 10/17/2018

    I loved all of the photos, but in particular the day Lily, because it’s my namesake! Dvngardener aka Lily

  4. cheryl_c 10/17/2018

    Russell, your combinations of bright colors are deft and energizing. It takes some courage to mix such saturated colors, but you do it quite well. A wonderful start to our day! Thank you for sharing, and send more photos soon.

  5. btucker9675 10/17/2018

    Love the cobalt blue pots... you have a lovely, diverse garden that surely reflects your joy in caring for it!

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