Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Audio Play Icon Headphones Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon

This member-only article is part of our All Access subscription.

Member only
Mid-Atlantic Regional Reports

Late-Spring Plant Combinations | Mid-Atlantic Regional Report

Briant Rubidor weigela and 'Caesar's Brother' Siberian iris. Photo: Nancy J. Ondra

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…

This article is only available to All Access members

This article is available online for the first time ever exclusively for All Access members. Sign up for a free trial to access our entire collection of articles, videos, and plant records.

Start Free Trial

View Comments


Log in or become a member to post a comment on this article.

Related Articles

The Latest

Magazine Cover

Take your passion for plants to the next level

Subscribe today and save up to 44%

"As a recently identified gardening nut I have tried all the magazines and this one is head and shoulders above the pack."


View All