Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"Garden Artistry" Plant Combos Available Soon in Chicagoland

Next year, Midwest Groundcovers, a wholesale plant nursery in St. Charles, IL, will offer Independant Garden Centers (IGCs) the "Garden Artistry" line of prepackaged plant combinations. That means that next year customers will be able to purchase plants specially selected by Roy Diblik to work well together visually and culturally. Those gardeners who may need a little help with garden design will be able to buy sets of 10 pint sized plants in four different combinations. I think this is a great product for IGCs to offer their customers, but I hope it doesn't put me out of a job!

Check out the four combinations Diblik and Midwest Groundcovers have developed:

Onions 'n Mint: Allium 'Summer Beauty' and Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta
Allium 'Summer Beauty'
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Cry Me a Salvia River (inspired by the "Salvia River" at the Lurie Gardens): Salvia 'Blue Hill' and Salvia 'East Friesland'
Salvia 'East Friesland'
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More to Bee-hold: Monarda bradburiana and Sporobolus heterolepis

Monarda bradburianaphoto credit

Home Sweet Hummelo: Sesleria autumnalis and Stachys monnieri 'Hummelo'

Sesleria autumnalis

I've grown all of these plants except Monarda bradburiana, and love them all for their consistent performance, drought tolerance, and long season of color. I plan to plant the Monarda, which is native, in my front yard no-water garden.

Tell me, what are some of your favorite plant combos?

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