Friday, September 12, 2014


This is the one, this is the plant combination that broke the camel's back, this is the one that has made me officially soften my stance on my strictly colour-coded gardens.

Sea Holly and Liatris make for a fantastic combination in both colour and form.

I have been headed in this direction since reading Piet Oudolf's absolutely fantastic book this winter, 

Planting: A New Perspective. After he proclaimed that understanding why anyone would rely primarily on colour as the foundation of their garden design was beyond him, given how many attributes there are to consider with every combination, it got me thinking.

Quite a bit. 
After all I think the man is genius. 

There were other signs that this change was coming:

Last week when I extended my gardens to beside our new fence, I combined yellow Heliopsis with an underlay of purple Lamium.

 While these purple Liatris were originally moved from the Monet Garden because of lack of sun, I could not be more happy with the improvement they have made to the Sun Garden - and I will be moving the scraggly Sea Holly there to join them! 

My gardens will probably always carry their colour-coded heritage with them, but a world of possibility has just been opened and I am certain that the inclusion of more variety will only improve them.

Come back next year and see for yourself! 

Sharing with Green Thumb Thursday, Today's Flowers, Floral Friday Flowers, 

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day


  1. I think I can learn a lot by reading your posts and I always enjoy your photos. Thanks Derek and also for sharing again with Today's Flowers. Have a great week :)

    1. Very kind words Denise, I am so glad you enjoy my blog, and thanks for hosting your weekly meme.

  2. Your sea holly is so lovely, I like the blend of the colors and shapes. Magenta is so common, it seems to go well with about any color scheme.

    1. Unfortunately that Sea Holly is not mine, but next year mine will grow alongside my Liatris so I am aiming for a similar look. Wish me luck :)

  3. They are delightful flowers and the colour combinations are great!
    Thank you for participating in Floral Friday Fotos, I look forward to your contribution again this week.

  4. I like your combinations. Liatris is one of my favorite flowers. I used to try to have color themes, but I've kind of given up on it. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    1. Now that I have base colour themes in place I am happy to expand and see where it takes me. So many more options, I bet your gardens are the better for it!