Plant combinations are as endless as a gardeners imagination. When the combination is magic, all is right in the gardener’s world. When it is not, there’s choices to be made.
Transplanting one of the offenders near a more favorable companion is one option. Another is gifting the offender to someone more enamored of the plant’s attributes. These options are more necessary when the not-so-wonderful plant combination is due to dissonant foliage color or plant form. When the dissonance occurs only because of bloom times, the gardener can choose to look away until the not-so-magic bloom combo has passed … or shrug her shoulders, name the combo, and turn it into a tale.
I chose the latter.
Remember when baby shower decorations were blue and pink … when no one yet knew the gender of their little one? Meet my Baby Shower combination – a pink-blooming azalea of small stature (exact type unknown) and Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’ purchased years ago from the old Capriland’s Herb Farm.
I did not foresee these plants blooming at exactly the same time when I transplanted the azalea to the deer-protected fenced area. At the time of the move deer had “pruned’ the poor little azalea to near death. Later that year I divided and transplanted the amsonia – one of the few truly deer-tolerant plants in my region – outside the fence.
The bloom times of the two have nearly coincided in previous springs but, this year, their blooms opened concurrently … in full Baby Shower regalia.
It’s not that I dislike either shade – or that the colors are highly offensive – I’m just not crazy about the color combination right now.