Day 248: planting combinations

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


One of the joys of gardening is in trying out different planting combinations. We pour over pictures in glossy magazines and now on social media, visit the gardens of other people when we’re able in order to dissect their beds and borders to the nth degree, making notes of what we think looks well together, what not so much and, once that’s done, we make plans for our own gardens, setting about establishing plant combinations that satisfy and impress. Which is why it’s almost infuriating when the best ones come about by accident, such as when Achillea ptarmica ‘The Pearl’ (Day 204) escapes its moorings and nods down to partake of a few snatched words of conversation with Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ (Day 208). Almost infuriating, because when it works, delight banishes every other emotion.

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