For Foliage Follow-Up on May 16, I concentrated on individual plants with attractive foliage. But in terms of overall garden design it's all about plant combinations: Groupings of plants that contrast — or share —patterns, shapes, textures and color. These are a few of my current favorites.
Two early spring ground covers duke it out at the foot of a Honey Locust tree: Galium ordoratum (Sweet Woodruff) and Polygonatum humile (Dwarf Solomon's Seal).
Trillium sessile with Geranium phaeum 'Springtime'.
Arum italicum 'Ghost' with Athyrium niponicum var. pictum
A threesome: More Japanese Painted Fern (as above) with Hosta 'Krossa Regal' and Carex siderostat 'Banana Boat'
Can you tell I love Painted Ferns? Here combined with Trillium sessile, Arum italicum, and the glorious Hosta 'Spritzer'
A river of Painted Ferns flow toward an ocean of Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo' under a Cercidiphyllum japonica 'Pendula' (Weeping Katsura tree). Off to the right are a Boxwood ball and Epimedium rubrum.
Rhus typhina 'Tiger Eyes' with Caulophyllum thalictroides (Blue Cohosh) which has tiny yellow flowers.