Select shades that are neighbors on the color wheel for a harmonious balance in your garden.
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Wave Hill’s border of violet--blues, purples, and magentas -- is a prime example of designing with similar colors. Adding silver plants to the palette further accents the cool hues. Here, an old Japanese maple, Acer palmatum dissectum, complements the plum-themed bed. In the summer, it bursts with Salvia pratensis, Papaver somniferum ‘Lauren’s Grape,’ and a ‘Veilchenblau’ rose, which climbs one of the large cedar tripods.
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With lovely fuchsia petals and blue-gray foliage, Papaver somniferum ‘Lauren’s Grape’ is a beautiful annual that will seed itself in the garden.
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The flowers of late-blooming Clematis ‘Perle d’Azur’ can span four inches wide. Plant in full sun to part shade, where this vine can climb 10 to 15 feet.
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A great ground cover, Stachys byzantine ‘Helen Von Stein’ features soft silver, velvety leaves. It also looks beautiful tucked into flower arrangements.
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The pale-blue flowers of this showy annual (Nigella damascena) are surrounded by lacy foliage in late spring and summer. Attractive seedheads follow in autumn.
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This heirloom allium variety (c. 1830) puts forth small cornflower blue, spherical blooms each June. Alliums are deer resistant and easy to grow. Plant them in the fall in full sun and in well-drained soil.