Late May to early June—after spring’s chill is past but before summer’s heat and humidity have set in–is naturally a time of lush foliage and abundant bloom in our Mid-Atlantic gardens. Everything looks so good that putting effort into planning combinations seems almost like “gilding the lily,” as the saying goes. But hey, if you have the opportunity to make something good even better, why not go for it?
High-impact: Chartreuse and purple-blue
Combining sunny yellow foliage with rich blues and purples is a bold way to mark the transition from spring to summer, and there are so many options that it never gets boring. Start with a chartreuse-leaved shrub, such as golden bridal wreath spirea (Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’, Zones 4–8) or Golden Spirit smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria ‘Ancot’, Zones 4–8), as a backdrop. Then set a beautiful blue or purple in front of it, perhaps…
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