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Little_Squirt
Wayne, NE

March 3, 2010
4:27 AM

Post #7601357

I am obsessed with pink and purple combinations. Light pink and light blue combinations. Dark Blue lobelia with hot pink geraniums. I have been planning ahead and seeing flower beds and pots and I think I have found yet again all pink/purple/blue combinations. What combinations do you use in pots/beds.
paracelsus
Elmira, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 3, 2010
1:25 PM

Post #7601870

Last year I grew mostly hot colored zinnias (State Fair) with mixed nasturtiums through a bed of white alyssum as an edging in the front yard. I don't usually like hot colors, but it looked great, and I got a lot of compliments on it. I'm kind of a purple fiend, normally.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 3, 2010
2:44 PM

Post #7602082

Do you want mainly pink and purple or pink/purple/blue photos? Were you looking for other color combinations?

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Little_Squirt
Wayne, NE

March 4, 2010
2:57 AM

Post #7603767

I love those colors together. I was kinda thinking other combinations so not every flower bed is that same.

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

March 4, 2010
2:58 PM

Post #7604129

I'm all about the pinky/purple combinations, too. :) I do well with cool yellow and purple (esp. white blooms or grey foliage), or salmon and periwinkle blue, or warm yellow/orange/red.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 4, 2010
4:52 PM

Post #7604834

Purple and cream with yellow in the background.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 4, 2010
4:53 PM

Post #7604838

Green and deep purple/near black.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 4, 2010
4:53 PM

Post #7604841

...and the picture to go with it.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 4, 2010
5:03 PM

Post #7604862

Blue green and yellow green with purple.

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

March 6, 2010
11:25 PM

Post #7610028

Hi Little_Squirt

I love blue (purple )and pink combination, too.
I feel extremely comfortable with that color combination.
Here are some of my plantings.

Tomtom

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

March 6, 2010
11:26 PM

Post #7610030

Snapdragon and Delphinium.

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

March 6, 2010
11:28 PM

Post #7610031

Silene and Lobelia

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 7, 2010
5:07 AM

Post #7610260

Lovely arrangements, as always, Tomtom! Good to see you here.
gilraen
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 7, 2010
6:39 AM

Post #7610410

Now, darnit you guys...

I thought I was going to be happy with a few pots of coleus along with my attempt at veggies. Now you've gone and whetted my appetite for flowers in my favorite colors.

I'm going to go off the deep end if I'm not real careful. Sheesh. Pots, pots, and more pots!

:-)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 7, 2010
7:53 AM

Post #7610549

gilraen - for ideas you can try:

Mischel's Greenhouses:
http://www.mischelsgreenhouses.com/

Proven Winners:
http://www.provenwinners.com/combinations/?s=1&sSeason=Early Spring
Little_Squirt
Wayne, NE

March 7, 2010
1:40 PM

Post #7611298

You guys have some great ideas-----pirl thanks for the greenhouse website--i was unfamiliar with that one
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 7, 2010
6:45 PM

Post #7611928

They are a very good company and have never disappointed me.
gilraen
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 8, 2010
2:08 PM

Post #7613774

Mischels looks like a really nice site, and I love that they organize by color.

I've got some studying to do! (need variety in blooming dates plus hot weather thriving...)
runnerboy713
Westborough, MA
(Zone 5b)

March 15, 2010
5:18 PM

Post #7631957

While I'm not huge on pink myself, my mother-in-law had a variety of verbena in containers that looked outstanding. Over the life of the bloom it changed between a soft pink, coral, and apricot color. The verbena 'lanai peach' looks close to what it was (http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/134509/).

I also love blue edging lobelia (it bloomed from early summer-1st hard frost for me).
RATFOOD
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 22, 2010
7:45 PM

Post #7649212

Pirl, you grow those in your yard or what?

I love this one: "..and the picture to go with it."

The rest are amazing too, you really have a gift...
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 23, 2010
5:35 AM

Post #7649704

Yes, they're all my photos taken in our gardens. Thanks for the compliments.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2010
5:39 AM

Post #7649714

always nice pix Pirl
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 23, 2010
6:51 AM

Post #7649904

Same garden after I finished cleaning it yesterday:

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gilraen
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 23, 2010
8:41 AM

Post #7650241

Cleaning??? You gutted it! Um... I'm very much a newbie. Why did you clear almost everything out? Was something wrong with it? I'm confused.

And by the way, thanks again for the link to Mischel's. I just ordered about $175 worth of lantanas to put into a new Bloommaster box planter. I'm hoping for a glorious display.

Definitely going off the deep end, here. Hope it's a soft landing. :-)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 23, 2010
8:53 AM

Post #7650265

The first photo was from last year. Over the winter the plants went dormant and will return shortly. It's what is done in all 29 gardens, some large some small.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 24, 2010
2:06 AM

Post #7651979

After being on DG for 2 years I found I was not planting things close enough in containers.
Now I bunch everything in and the the roots duke it out for themselves
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 24, 2010
6:00 AM

Post #7652175

Here's a video from Martha Stewart Living on creating a hanging basket arrangement:
http://www.marthastewart.com/article/hanging-baskets

Gilraen - have fun with all those plants! Two of the lantanas I bought last year are now inside blooming. They have great plants and many will be in bloom when your boxes arrive.
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 24, 2010
9:27 PM

Post #7654130

I love light pinks with light grey and maroon foliage, im a huge fan of the purple pink combo, cant seem to get away from it. As for the brighter combos i like dark blue and oraange or deep purple with yellow.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 25, 2010
2:43 AM

Post #7654255

Light against dark is a good interior decorating rule.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 25, 2010
5:16 AM

Post #7654416

wonderearth - here's one for you. Photo taken by Willowwind:

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 25, 2010
5:27 AM

Post #7654447

nice blues, even in the greens
gilraen
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 25, 2010
1:25 PM

Post #7655426

Very nice!
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 25, 2010
2:21 PM

Post #7655504

Pop!

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