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Out-of-the-ordinary texture and color

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

This is one of my absolute favorite combos from NYC’s Central Park Conservatory Garden. I love how the flowers of the fennel (hmmm. Is it fennel? Dill? You tell me…) wave in the breeze and act as a veil to the ‘Pretoria’ canna (USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11). The Salvia vanhouttei (Zones 9-11) adds a bit of unusual color–sort of a dark, dusky plum.

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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  1. Deanneart 02/08/2011

    Wow, this is REALLY nice. Love the airy textures juxtaposed with the bold canna leaves. Brilliant combo!

  2. banjobanjobanjo 02/08/2011

    boy thisis so nice. hope to try it in my Florida garden.

  3. perennialgrdnr_z4b 02/08/2011

    That is a very nice combination. I'm guessing that the plant in question is bronze fennel, Foeniculum vulgare. I use its dark, airy foliage in my borders as a contrast to bolder foliage, and it has the benefit of being a favorite source of food for the caterpillars of Swallowtail butterflies. It has been perennial in my zone 4b garden, and reseeds all over if not deadheaded as the seed heads mature in late summer.

  4. bren10 02/09/2011

    I was thinking that the plant is question might be angelica gigas but I think that the seedheads on angelica might be thicker. What ever it is, the group of plants is gorgeous.

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