Simultaneous Garden Lovin’…

For a while it was all purple and white, now the pinks are making their stand in the garden.  Here are some more combinations of plants that look good together and bloom at the same time:

Siberian Iris, Baptisia and Peonies

“Bowl of Beauty” peony with purple Siberian iris is a combo I came up with a couple years ago but I had such young peony plants that it’s taken until this spring to see if it would work.  The plants are still young – only two blooms each this year, but I love these three together, especially how the sword-like leaves of the iris cut through the peony leaves.  These baptisia plants are four years old and have become some of my favorites.  They take a while to establish and don’t like to be moved once they are settled.  They don’t rebloom but the foliage stays nice for a long time.

"Bowl of Beauty" with Siberian iris, south side of house

"Bowl of Beauty" with Siberian iris, stone wall

Stand of Baptisia, Siberian Iris and "Bowl of Beauty"

Red Poppy and Baptisia

Baptisia and Poppies

Another pairing I came up with because I love purple and red together.  Depending on temperatures and weather conditions, the bloom time of these two is approximate but this year it was spot-on together.

Poppies are my signature flower (my dad calls me “Poppy”).  Besides the red ones here, I have pink ones in the lower garden, and white ones that I transplanted last year, now growing next to some purple sage.  Poppies don’t like to be transplanted.  You can divide them easily enough in spring or fall, but you forfeit a bloom season because they sulk through the next year.  Only one clump of white ones put up buds this year, and then just two bud.  They’re very sensitive.

I put in twelve (12!!) new pink ones along my vegetable garden bed, can’t wait to seem them next year.

Poppy "Princess Victoria Louise"

"Victoria Louise" peeking through Lychnis (rose campion)

Poppy "Prince of Orange" with purple salvia


Lady’s Mantle and Everything

Did I mention lady’s mantle is the greatest filler flower in the world?  And that it and geraniums make an especially awesome p–…all right, just making sure.

Last "Batik" iris in a cloud of lady's mantle

Geranium and lady's mantle in vase

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