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Green on green

Wednesday 22 April 2009 - Filed under Plants

My favorite color combination in the garden is green and more green. Lucky for me, lots of plants come in that color. It felt like forever waiting, but I think spring is officially here and unstoppable. Every time I walk through the garden, currently a few times a day, something new has leafed out or bloomed. I know I say this every year, but I really think THIS is the year the garden actually looks like a garden.

tulipa 'spring green' (spring green tulip)
I never buy bulbs anymore, but years ago, I ordered huge numbers of Spring Green tulips, and I still love them. If I had to pick one spring flower, it would be this one.

A temporary pairing turned out better than expected-sometimes accidental combinations turn out the best. I moved my the pots of luzula from the sheltered porch out into the yard for the winter. They looked sad but alive on the porch, but they’ve really stepped up since they’ve moved out into the open. Placed next to a fern, I love the way the flower heads pair up with the fern behind them, it’s a nice monochromatic combination.

euphorbia robbiae, carex elata 'bowles golden', fern, dicentra
I’ve just got to get this dicentra out of here, it completely takes over, and this is what it looks like after I thought I removed it all last year, but I’ll leave it for just a little longer while it fills in the gaps between the euphorbia, fern, carex, and astilbe (not shown). I really like the combination of the fern’s texture against the dicentra for the time being.

holly leaf fern
First year ever, a holly leaf fern doesn’t look sad and diseased on year two in my garden! This time maybe it’ll make it. I’ve never had such beautiful bright spring leaves out of one of these. It’ll look even better when I get some ground covers going under it.

akebia quinata
Akebia flowers read green to me, it’s how I think of them, but I guess they’re considered white. It has such lush plentiful growth, I never get tired of it, I take way too many pictures. It’s a generous backdrop for the patio garden.

Greenish flowers appear to be emerging on this new disporum. I just got it early this spring, so I don’t know if the flowers will keep a greenish cast, but I like them at this stage.

lysimachia nummularia (creeping jenny)
I’ve heard rumors that Lysimachia nummularia can be a little aggressive, or as I saw someone say on A Gardener’s Diary a while back, it travels. I’ve been hoping for a few years that mine would take off, it’s been small and insignificant, but this spring I have a spreading glossy bright green carpet, so maybe this is the year it really takes off.

2009-04-22  »  megan

Talkback x 7

  1. keewee
    22 April 2009 @ 6:15 am

    I like green on green in some areas of my garden especially if there is also much texture from the leaves. I have a large pot by my front door planted this way.

  2. tina
    22 April 2009 @ 6:33 am

    Very lovely. I like the textures as they surely make a garden. I have the holly fern and it is one of my favorites. Unfortunately not hardy here:(

  3. Victoria
    22 April 2009 @ 7:48 am

    Just lovely. I love our akebia vines. That green tulip is pretty, but you’ll never convince me to buy one; I need brighter color in the spring!

  4. Heavy Petal
    22 April 2009 @ 10:59 am

    Oh, that akebia is stunning! I may have to buy one… I’ve been admiring them for years.

  5. easygardener
    22 April 2009 @ 12:02 pm

    My purple Akebia is strangling me as I go under the arch in the trellis. I don’t think I could cope with a white one too.
    Lysimachea does rampage in damp soil. Mine spread across a border and dived into the pond – I’m still picking bits out. It is much more controllable if the ground is dry.

  6. Karen
    22 April 2009 @ 1:33 pm

    That green tulip almost looks like a hellebore, with its open bloom and cool coloring. I was pondering an akebia but don’t think I could keep up with it. I noticed yesterday that there’s one growing on my neighbor’s side of the fence, so I guess now I’ll have it whether I want it or not, as it’s headed over toward our side! I have fond memories of bleeding heart and columbines growing under the deck at my folks’ house. That foliage is just so fairy-like.

  7. megan
    22 April 2009 @ 9:04 pm

    keewee – I love that pot, that is a fantastic hosta and pairs great with the fern!
    tina – it hardly seems fair that holly leaf ferns aren’t hardy there, I always think you’re in a warmer zone.
    Victoria – give me time, I’ll convince you :)
    Heavy Petal – I highly recommend it. Mine has had such a rough year, took more trauma than is fair to expect, and it’s still thriving, looks perfect.
    easygardener – I’ve heard the rumors about both of them. My garden tends to take a beating with the dogs trampling everything, and then I try not to water in the summer, so it stays pretty dry. I think it keeps the rampant growers in check.
    Karen – Maybe your neighbors’ akebia won’t be such a bad thing. Mine is several years old, and it’s vigorous, but not getting out of hand. I never even cut it back.