Plant Partners – Meadow Agave, Allium sphaerocephalon & Nassella tenuissima

I have been thinking about starting a new regular feature and this picture has made me decide to do it.  I am not sure what regularity I carry this on, but I am on the look out for whatever I can find.  This feature I am speaking of is exciting plant combos…Plant Partners…pairings that are not just pretty, but something that is truly knock your socks off, I haven’t seen that before, whoa stop the bus, down right cool.  If you have a combo you have created or seen, snap a photo, email it to me and I will share it here.

This first up is a shot taken by Michelle Derviss at Garden Porn.   It was taken at Cornerstone Gardens in California. A great photo and a stunning combo.

michelle derviss agave americana meadow planting cornerstone gardens

It is Agave Americana and I am not sure exactly the name of the purple clover and the grass and the little yellow flower.  Do you know what they are?  Let us know in the comments….

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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. [email protected] on August 18, 2009 at 11:20 am

    The grass looks like Nassella tenuissima (formerly called Stipa tenuissima) or thread grass. It self seeds easily and is highly drought tolerant.

    More info:

    Don’t know what the clover flower is.

  2. michelle d. on August 18, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    [email protected] nailed it correctly, the grass is Stipa tenuissima. The purple drum stick looking flower is Allium sphaerocephalon – drum stick allium .
    This combination was crafted by the fabulous design team at Oehme and van Sweden in Sonoma at the Cornerstone Festival of Gardens.

    Cornerstone is hosting a new cutting edge garden show coming up in September 18-20.

    All the regular exhibition gardens in the complex, including Oehme and van Sweden’s will be open to the public as well as 20 (+/-) new temporary designs .

    Rochelle, thanks for posting that photo. It is one of my favorite combinations.
    I look forward to your new series.


  3. Jennifer on February 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    the yellow is a smallish (newly unfurled?) California Poppy.
    I posted my pics here:

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