|'Rustic orange' coleus was the inspiration|
for this combo with black and chartreuse
Colorful coleus, hostas and sedums are a few of her many favorites, carefully selecting shades to create moods from cool, icy tones to fiery reds and oranges.
|A tropical medley featuring 'Black magic' elephant ears|
(Colocasia esculenta), variegated tapioca
(Manihot esculenta 'Variegata') and a bronze coleus
Dallas Arboretum, TX
My basic principles are to repeat each color at least once within the combination and to vary the size and texture of the leaves. So if an orange leaf has a chartreuse margin for example I will partner this with something else which is chartreuse, whether a leaf, stem or a bud.
With so many colorful and variegated forms of hostas it is easy to assemble a group using color echoes like the one shown here. The bold hosta leaves contrast nicely with smaller leaved spurge (Euphorbia 'Orange grove'), grasses and Bishop's hat (Epimedium).
Golden tones are repeated in grasses,hostas and the creeping dead nettle
(Lamium maculatum 'Aureum') which acts as a groundcover.
|A teal colored ball peeks through similarly hued foliage|
to form a pleasing vignette.
This teal ceramic globe draws attention to a simple 'Green spice' heuchera and its color partner; a vase shaped 'Krossa regal' hosta. A fountain of yellow Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola') echoes a golden form of creeping germander (Teucrium polium) as a contrast to the cool blue tones.
For more ideas revisit my posts 'Adding Sparkle with Variegated Plants' to discover fresh ways to combine shade plants, 'Singin' the Blues' for gorgeous blue-based designs and 'Beyond Rhodies and Junipers' which I promise will have you looking at the possibilities of using broadleaf evergreen plants in a whole new light.
|Sunset tones inspired by Sumac 'Tiger eyes' (Rhus typhina). A dramatic|
sun loving combination for a container. The 'dark blue' million bells
(Calibrachoa) adds nice contrast.
Have I given you another excuse to visit the nurseries?