Flower Gardens - Knowledgebase Question

Ogden, UT
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Question by babupp
January 4, 1998
I am interested in getting my flower garden planned for the spring and want to use the Southern Charm perennial. What other perennials or flowers could use to coordinate with it?

Answer from NGA
January 4, 1998
I am guessing you are talking about Southern Charm Verbascum? I grew this plant for the first time last summer and was very pleased with it. I did find out that it does much better with staking though, without support of some type it looks a little floppy. When you say you want to coordinate, what exactly do you mean? Are you going for a garden with flowers all in the same color family? Or perhaps, you want all of the same habit/height? When I coordinate the perennials I am usually looking for complementary colors. Here is what I grew with the Verbascum: Veronica (Speedwell), Armeria (Sea Thrift), Dianthus 'Bath's Pink', Campanula pers. coerulea, Liatris (Blazing Star), Nepeta (Catmint), Gypsophilia (Baby's Breath), Monarda (Bee Balm, var. 'Blue Stocking'), Salvia (var. East Friesland), Filipendula hexapetala fl. pleno (Medium Meadow Sweet), Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower, 'House Hybrids'), and Saponaria ocymoides (Rock Soapwort). I also had a few different colors of Echinacea (Coneflower). As you can see, I had a lot of pinks, purples, and white/creams. You will find that many things look good with verbascum. There are several different colors on one flower spike. I had a lot of different heights in the mix also. Have fun with it!

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