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By Scott Calhoun

Author Scott Calhoun has visited the gardens of most sensible designers from coast to coast and selected greater than a hundred wonderful plant combos, each one utilizing not more than six plants, to comprise during this photographic consultant. Riots of complementary colours, plenty of grasses, foliage spectacles in awesome colors of eco-friendly and crimson, and top adaptations as arresting as urban skylines are all featured in those fascinating gardens, every one an intimate glimpse of a bigger garden. A favourite pairing may be the start of a bigger backyard layout, or a five-plant grouping will be all you must fill a small city backyard. the chances are as diversified as your imagination!

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Draper suggests mixing in bronze fennel and black cotton (Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’ and Gossypium herbaceum ‘Nigra’) with this planting. ‘Fire King’ Asiatic lily Lilium ‘Fire King’ ‘Fire King’ is not some newfangled lily but rather a vibrant old-fashioned plant repurposed here for a bold effect. The intensity of its orange flowers, which are displayed on upright stems from late spring through early summer, is formidable. Prefers full sun with mulch around the roots and regular watering. Hardy to Zone 3.

Orange and blue are opposites on the color wheel, and when they are intermingled, as they are here — at full strength — the effect is outstanding. The formula is simple: two shades of orange lilies mixed with annual larkspur, a clump of Siberian iris up front, and maiden grass and fleece flower backing up everything. Horticulturist Janet Draper has put lots of time into getting this combo just right. She remarks, “It is really challenging to keep the scheme going, and it has taught me a lot about the differences in blue and lavender!

SPIKES, SPHERES, AND SPIRES Dryland-garden designers often use cactus and succulents as sculpture, but enrolling perennials as sculptural elements is more unusual. In addition to the round and spiky shapes, purple gayfeather and silver sage make for an icy-cool feel in this vignette. Judiciously, designer Judith Phillips spaces the plants just far enough apart so that the form of each plant can be appreciated on its own. This strategy is not only handsome but is also water-wise. Just creeping into the side of the frame are the awn-shaped seed heads of blue oat grass.

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