Three things inspired me:
SIMPLICITY: Sometimes we struggle with pairing plants, so I wanted to take a step back and just focus on three plants in each combination.
TASTY TREATS: It's so much fun picking a theme to narrow down plant choices. There are many plants with delectable names, so why not try some?
AJUGA: This is a common, yet still fabulous groundcover. It's easy to find, performs well in shade and sun, plus looks great with many other plants. I chose a different ajuga for each of my three designs, then allowed that plant to direct the choice of its companions.
This planting is for full sun or part-shade in zones 4 and 5. The plants in this design include:
Ajuga reptans 'Valfredda' / Chocolate Chip Bugleweed
Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'/ Stonecrop
Geum 'Totally Tangerine' / Avens
What I like most about this combination:
- The striking color contrast between the purplish/green ajuga and the chartreuse sedum.
- The contrast of leaf textures...coarse geum leaves, medium ajuga leaves, and the fine sedum leaves.
- The pop of orange from the geum flowers (this plant always pops!).