Bodacious Bouquets

Bouquet of magenta and gold
 One method I've used to determine what to plant with what is to pick plenty of bouquets. I fill a vase and traipse through the garden in search of flowers and foliage to make the prettiest combinations. I figure, if they look good together in a vase, they'll surely look good together in the garden. Of course, that works only if they require the same growing conditions. I don't spent a whole lot of time futzing with the arrangement, the only nod to design technique is to pick three (or a similar odd number more than one) of each stem.

The Echinacea is from the first of the Itsaul Plants' introductions, probably 'Sunrise'. I planted them in 2006 and, hard as I tried not to, lost the tags. Anyway, they're still going strong, haven't needed to be divided, and bloom sufficiently in limited sun.

Hydrangea, Achillea, Clematis, Lilium and Echinacea with Campanula 'Wedding Bells'
'Big Sky Sunrise'
Echinacea ‘Big Sky Sunrise’ has soft citron or butter yellow flowers that are up to 5 inches across with slightly overlapping petals. The cone starts out green and quickly gives way to gold. Well branched plants grow 30 to 36 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide

Echinacea ‘Big Sky Harvest Moon’ (Matthew Saul) 'Harvest Moon's' ray flowers are earthy gold, the color of the harvest moon with a golden orange central cone. Petals are wide and overlapping. Plants grow 24 to 30 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide.

Itsaul Plants was one of the first companies to market the alternative-colored coneflowers after the 'Art's Pride' came on the market.
'Big Sky Harvest Moon' (AKA Matthew Saul)

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