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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 2, 2015 12:45 PM CST


I'm really liking seeing the pics of possible combos together! A great design tool.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 2, 2015 1:03 PM CST
Ninebark 'Coppertina' is a gorgeous shrub, and a perfect backdrop for many TBs, and blooms about the same time.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jan 2, 2015 1:11 PM CST
I'd try ninebark if I had room. Smiling
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 2, 2015 1:34 PM CST
ITOH Peonies are bringing some interesting new colors that look good with muted Iris tones.

"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jan 2, 2015 1:37 PM CST
I tried to find out if ninebark is winter hardy, but there's no mention of it in the data base. Anyone know?
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 2, 2015 1:46 PM CST
Tom, this one from Bluestone is listed as hardy to zone 3, so I think most would be fine in your zone.

Debra, there are dwarf forms available now Smiling

http://www.bluestoneperennials...
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jan 2, 2015 2:37 PM CST
Neal, I love those colors together. Thank you for the link. Smiling
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tveguy3
Jan 2, 2015 2:44 PM CST
Thanks Neal
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jan 2, 2015 3:16 PM CST
Would not the heuchera you posted go with Champagne Elegance.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Jan 2, 2015 3:56 PM CST
Here's a nice blog on combining plants with Thornbird by Renee Fraser:
http://theamericanirissociety....

There are some apricot snapdragons that would combine well with Champagne Elegance. I don't have a picture of mine with them, it's out of frame near 'Fall Fiesta' shown here.
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Thinking about some of my most garden-worthy Irises, the ones that combine well and look good with other plants.. Here are a few:
'Classic Look' w/ Rose 'Radio Times'
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'Quaker Lady' outdoes herself every year.. and I think would look nice with your house. I planted a mixed 6-pack of columbine behind this clump.. I hope there's a yellow to play off her beards.
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'Indian Chief' is almost a weed in it's growth. Here it is with Spanish Lavender.
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'Grape Echo' has been a remarkable grower and re-bloomer. It blooms about 5-6weeks after it's spring bloom, then towards the end of summer, there is always a stalk on it..
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 2, 2015 4:00 PM CST
Lucy, that Heuchera has more golden yellow to it for the spot where I have Champagne Elegance, but it would work well for bringing out the warm tones. You got me to looking for others- I think you're onto a good combo there- I'm thinking copper or bronze might be nice.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 2, 2015 4:10 PM CST
Sherry, Fall Fiesta looks great with that spiky plant (Cordyline?) behind it! And those Snapdragons are perfect! That Rose with the fence and that perfect clump of Classic Look - that's all perfection! Quaker Lady is one I need to get, she'd be great with the house and such a great unifying color combo- nice for tying plantings together.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jan 2, 2015 4:22 PM CST
Neal, I can send you Quaker Lady with the rest.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 2, 2015 5:21 PM CST
ooooohhhh Debra, that would be wonderful! Hurray!
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jan 2, 2015 5:23 PM CST
When you get time, go through my Have list and tell me if you want increases. Smiling
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Jan 2, 2015 10:16 PM CST
My temps get down to 20° consistently and sometimes lower on occasion and my Ninebark has had no trouble.

These color combos are beautiful!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jan 2, 2015 10:38 PM CST
I find purple leafed heuchera have to be planted in the shady area or else their leaves burn. How about Candy tuft to pick up the white standards.
Name: Marilyn
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Moiris
Jan 2, 2015 10:54 PM CST
Neal, I love the combination of the huechera (both of them) with Champagne Elegance! Also Cordyline comes in a lot of colors including some beautiful rosy and burgundy ones.

I love what you are doing, integrating the irises in your garden in combination with the other plants. I am enjoying this thread, even though I don't have a lot to contribute...my irises are all grouped together. Shrug!
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Jan 2, 2015 11:51 PM CST
When the Heuchera with the fancy leaves first hit the market, I was quite dazzled by their foliage.. But their flowers are wimpy compared to some of the older hybrids, so I've just been propagating the few varieties I have to add spring color to different areas. They look so nice with Iris. I think it's the contrast of small, delicate flowers against the voluptuousness of the Iris.

I've also got lots of 'Quaker Lady' if anyone wants some. In fact, all the ones I have pictured above, I've got lots. Smiling

Neal, that is a Phormium (New Zealand Flax) behing Fall Fiesta. That one *was* a semi-dwarf... All of them (except one) have reverted on me and got much too big.. If they come out with a Cordyline with that coloring.. I'm on it! (I do have a red one).

I grow one of the purple leafed Ninebarks... Exciting to learn there's a dwarf... Drooling
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Jan 3, 2015 1:45 AM CST

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gemini_sage said:Just browsing recent photos added to the data base, I immediately see many bearded varieties that are lovely, but leave me wondering what to combine with them.



I find mustard gold and butterscotch tones hard to combine too. Often a bright contrasting beard inspires good ideas for companion blooms, but in the case of 'Feel the Heat', above, I wouldn't be inclined to combine periwinkle with butterscotch and rust. While I really like it, I would pass on introducing it to the garden...because my head would blow up, LOL


I think foliage combinations like this would compliment most of these. here are the tags for this shot


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Many Heuchera too as you already noted.
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