Garden Photo of the Day

Silver and gold…

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Today’s combo from the Cotton-Arbo retum includes dwarf golden Hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Lutea’, USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8) and masterwort (Astrantia major, Zones 4-8). It’s a delicate, subtle combo, one you don’t notice right away, but it’s beautiful!

Mindy Arbo, who gardens at the Cotton-Arbo retum, her private-turned-public garden in Winchester, Massachusetts, is a master at mixing evergreens with herbaceous plants. This week we’re highlighting five of her awesome combos.

If you can’t make it to the Cotton-Arbo retum in person, you can visit them online here.

Welcome to the Fine Gardening GARDEN PHOTO OF THE DAY blog! Every weekday we post a new photo of a great garden, a spectacular plant, a stunning plant combination, or any number of other subjects. Think of it as your morning jolt of green.

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  1. sweetrebecca 11/18/2010

    This is actually quite stunning, in a very subtle way. I'm so glad you posted this photo! Combining evergreens with herbaceous plants is something that is definitely an art form, in my opinion. So often evergreens are just plunked into a garden bed seemingly separate from their surrounding neighbors. Looking forward to seeing more photos....

  2. sheilaschultz 11/18/2010

    This may be my favorite combo so far. I love subtle designs and this one combines interesting colors, textures and shapes. I couldn't ask for anything more.

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