Episode 92: Favorite Plant Pairing

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Peas and carrots. Peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin.If this is danger The correct answer is, “What is a perfect pairing.” In this episode, we are talking about two plants that seem to belong together. It may be that they have complementary textures, or they bloom in unison, or their habits merge together like a puzzle. String together some of these perfect plant pairs, and you are sure to get a pleasing garden.

Expert testimony: Amy Galloway is a gardener at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

Danielle’s Plant

Foxtail Lily and'Red Peony' Annual Poppy
Foxtail Lily and’Red Peony’ Annual Poppy

Pairing 1:

Foxtail Lily (Stout caterpillar, Area 5-9)

‘Scarlet Peony’ annual poppy (poppy ‘Scarlet Peony’, every year)

Invincibelle Wee White® Smooth Hydrangea,
Invincibelle Wee White® Smooth Hydrangea, “Golden Angel” Japanese Shrub Mint and “Ogon” Spiraea

Pairing 2:

Invincibelle Wee White® Silky Hydrangea (Hydrangea ‘NCHA5’, area 3-8)

‘Golden Angel’ Japanese Shrub Mint (Oldenlandia diffusa “Golden Angel”, Zone 5-8)

'Ogon' spiraea, sedum and purple fountain grass
‘Ogon’ spiraea, sedum and purple fountain grass

Pairing 3:

‘Ogon’ spiraea (Spiraea ‘Ogon’, area 4-8)

Erect sedum (tassel cv., area 3-9)

Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’, zones 9-10)

Steve’s Plant

Heart Leaf Alexander and'Brilliance' Autumn Fern
Heart Leaf Alexander and’Brilliance’ Autumn Fern

Pairing 1:

Heart Leaf Alexander (Aster, Area 3-8)
‘Glorious’ Autumn Fern (Red Hair Fern ‘Brilliance’, zones 5-8)

Valentine's Day® Bleeding Heart and
Valentine’s Day® Bleeding Heart and “All Gold” Japanese Forest Grass

Pairing 2:

Valentine’s Day® Bleeding Heart (coriander ‘Hordival’, zone 3-9)
‘Full Gold’ Japanese Forest Grass (Box flower “Full gold”, area 5-9)

'Lavender Arrow' Daylily and'Hummelo' betony
‘Lavender Arrow’ Daylily and’Hummelo’ betony

Pairing 3:
‘Lavender Arrow’ Daylily (Hemerocallis “Lavender Arrow”, Zone 3-10)
‘Hummelo’ Betony (Stachys ‘Hummelo’, zone 4-8)

Expert plant

Amy Galloway is a gardener at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

Texas Hyacinth and Old Tian Huanghua (Photo credit: Amy Galloway)
Texas Hyacinth and Old Tian Huanghua (Photo credit: Amy Galloway)

Pairing 1:

Texas Hyacinth (Eustoma ascension ssp. Russell, Area 8-10)

Laotian Huanghua (Solidago, Area 3-9)

Giant cone flower and purple cone flower (Photo credit: Amy Galloway)
Giant cone flower and purple cone flower (Photo credit: Amy Galloway)

Pairing 2: Giant cone flower (Coneflower, Area 4-9)

Echinacea (Echinacea, Area 3-9)





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