Garden Photo of the Day

READER PHOTO! Drumsticks and coneflowers

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Gregory Smaus

Today’s photo is from Gregory Smaus in Seattle, Washington. He says, “Here is one  of my favorite photos from my own garden. I like it because it shows the fun of repeating forms. The cones of the drumstick allium (Allium sphaerocephalon, USDA Hardiness Zones 4-11) in the foreground are repeated in the ‘Green Wizard’ black coneflower (Rudbeckia occidentalis ‘Green Wizard’, Zones 3-9) in the background. Each one works beautifully on its own, with the red Chinese rhubarb (Rheum palmatum ‘Autropurpureum’, Zones 5-9) in between, and yet because of their similar enough forms, they tie the garden together from front to back visually. This combination also works wonderfully throughout the year. The ‘Dapple Dawn’ English rose (Rosa ‘Dapple Dawn’, Zones 5-10) has full red hips starting in mid summer, if I let it, which contrast well with the black of the coneflower. The allium and coneflower can stay all winter, providing form to the eye and food for the birds!” Thanks, Gregory, for sharing this great combo with us!

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  1. user-7006900 03/23/2011

    Thanks for sharing, Greg! I love the strong punctuation of round flowers.
    And the colors of the rhubarb and allium are great together.

  2. sheilaschultz 03/23/2011

    Love the Chinese rhubarb... I've never seen it before! Thanks, Greg.

  3. arboretum 03/23/2011

    greg, nice aesthetic of shapes and color compatibility!
    thnx much,

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