Plant Partners: Artichoke & Gomphrena

After a long day of being onsite I arrived home just now to a sweet surprise.  Artichoke Green Globe from Peaceful Valley Nurseries.  I won them a couple weeks ago in a giveaway on Genevieve’s North Coast Gardening Blog.    I have already decided what I am going to pair them with (and because my daughter already picked out a packet of seeds I don’t even need to go to the store).  It’s Gomphrena.

gomphrena and artichoke

There are lots of rationale’s for pairing plants.  In this case, I hope a matching form will be interesting.  I think the large globe shape of the artichoke and the small globe shape of the Gomphrena, one green with silvery foliage and one bright raspberry red on green foliage, will be quite a sight.    What are some of you rationales for pairing plants?

images from: egc catalog, monrovia, sm healthcare and  learn 2grow

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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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  1. Gary Walter on May 13, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Morrells??? Are these mushrooms really growing in your front yard? Your Grandmother used to search for these on the ranch in Montana, and we had some feasts on them. They are great!
    Give them a try.

  2. ellen on May 13, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I love gomphrena for it’s color and heat tolerance, but It will attract birds. The sparrows always seemed to “discover” mine a few times during the season and chew them down to stubs. The plants recovered nicely every time, though.

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