Duos In Flower And Foliage

 Foliage/foliage above, pale greens pair in Ballota pseudodictamnus and an Agave parryi, variegated with creamy yellow.

Below, plummy Salvia 'Love and Wishes' with plummy Gazania at her feet.  Flower/flower.
 Orange-red in the Acer palmatum leaves, brighter orange in the Alstroemeria flowers.  Foliage/flowers
 Green and green, different in shade and shape.  Foliage/foliage:
 The weird/horrible/wonderful old-raw-hamburger color of 'Arlie Wright' Echeveria foliage brings out the pink tones in Cordyline 'Electric Shock'.  Foliage/foliage again.
 Golden Duranta foliage matches the yellow center of a Day Lily.  Foliage/flower
 The photo shows the Salvia flowers a little deeper in color than 'Peaches and Cream' Grevillea, but in person, it's identical.  Flower/flower.
 The crimson tips of Leucadendron 'Ebony' make its pairing with silver Maireana sedifolia more alluring.  Foliage/foliage
 An airy shawl of yellow Hunnemannia fumariifolia flowers accents the yellow edged, weighty Agave desmettiana.  Flower/foliage.

Comments

  1. You've got a lot of spectacular pairings! Being very fond of yellow, I particularly like the last one. I remember you deliberated about a appropriate companion for Leucadendron 'Ebony' some time back - I think you found just the right match in the Maireana.

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    1. Not as good without the red tips on the Leucadendron. It adds something just right.

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  2. Loving all the colour and sumptuous combinations!

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    1. Thanks! Just a beginner with combinations. So much to learn.

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  3. A lovely set of photos and colour combinations

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  4. Beautiful combos! I have to ask - do you plan these when you plant, or do they happen on accident (mine are usually the latter...)

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    1. It's about half and half now. It used to be accidental. It started out being very unfortunate accidents. ;)

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  5. Wow, I see beautiful color combinations.The Leucadendron 'Ebony' looks great with the grey foliage and the Salvia with the Grevillea is of an outstanding beauty.

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    1. Thank you Janneke! The Salvia/Grevillea was accidental--those tend to be the best.

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  6. Bellisimas fotos. un abrazo desde Plantukis

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    1. Gracias y saludos desde California!

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  7. I enjoy your posts especially your pictures. I'm learning so much.

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  8. Do you know the name of that Salvia that matches the pink in the Grevillea? So many wonderful Salvias it would be easy to go nuts in your climate -- but I understand some can actually be thuggish or overbearing. Hard to imagine here, where everyone treasures 'Maraschino' because almost alone among the greggii-types it overwinters; others only if we get a very mild and not too-wet winter. But in the right kind of season even spring-planted 'Indigo Spires' or S. koyamae get huge, so I can imagine they'd become effectively shrubs if there was no die-back.

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    1. That is "Monrovia's Heatwave™ Blast Sage" or Salvia 'Blast', one of the microphylla x greggii. It's a peach color, not pink.

      Thug Supreme here is the beautiful but horrifically aggressive 'Black and Blue'. Still trying to get rid of it. The flowers are gorgeous. The plant is EVIL.

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  9. Spectacular is the right word. ¡Me encanta mucho!

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  10. just lovely--thanks for sharing the beauty you encounter and create--such a salve to this care-weary world! my fav is the agave/poppy combo. Great pals indeed.

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    1. Herbal remedies for the eyes and heart. The poppy grows where it wants to grow, not where I scatter seeds. I think it made a great choice there!

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  11. Great combos, Hoov! My fave is the last one - the color and light texture of the flowers, against the bold forms and color echo of the Agave is totally delicious! That plummy one is pretty stellar too. I think I need some of those Gazanias - they are lovely!

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    1. The Gazanias are wonderful. Have not grown them in the past, but new hybrids are wonderful performers.

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  12. Your wonderful garden is flourishing. S.Love and Wishes is an elegant plant well teamed up with Gazania.
    A. Desmettiana looks striking against the wall with the fine yellow flowers and foliage. You are a wonderful garden designer!

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    1. Well, I'm always trying, though not always succeeding.

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  13. So many stunning pairings. Your variegated Agave Parryi is gorgeous. I got one last fall and hope that it'll be happy and put on some growth in the greenhouse this summer.

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