Beautiful Baptisia + Peonies = Glorious Early Summer Arrangements

Cutting Garden platns / Arrangement for early summer interest by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com  Peony, coleus, baptisia.

Have you ever ‘weeded’ out a plant – sure that it was a nuisance only to realize later that it was something you intended?

I have.  About 5 years ago I inadvertently massacred about eight Baptisia australis that I planted the previous spring. They hadn’t bloomed (given their first year status) so a year later, I had entirely forgotten them and presumed them to be some new unrecognized pest – (and for crying out loud, they were everywhere!) – so I pulled them.  The whole time, I kept thinking ‘whatever these weeds are, they sure do have some healthy roots and nice foliage’.  (Duh.)

So, I have no baptisia in my garden, but I am thinking that the painful memory is now distant enough that I should try again. Lesson learned.  There are some really beautiful hybrids whose colors would be so beautiful in arrangements with my early summer peonies (they bloom around the same time).   I love my vases full of nothing but big blowsy peony blooms, but I think I could up my garden arrangement game with a few easy additions.  baptisia2

 

I am pretty sure that some mixing and matching would look equally as nice as these, but here is what I think I’ll try first:

Combo #1:  It is still soft and pretty, but the baptisia adds texture and height and the coleus turns the sweet to sexy (Isn’t that what fishnet stocking are all about?)

Combo #2 This all about ombre and drama.  The baptisia in this mix is like the smoky dark eyeshadow and the extra swipe of mascara.

 images: 123rf.com and Proven Winners

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Proven Winners. I am not an employee of Proven Winners and all opinions are my own.

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About Rochelle Greayer

Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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