Ellen has been gardening with and appreciating native plants for eleven years in north metro Atlanta. She is especially fond of native shrubs and trees but is willing to learn to love herbaceous plants as well. Helping others to see the beauty and versatility of Georgia's native plants, whether it be in the wild or in the garden, is both a passion and a compulsion -- just ask her kids! Ellen is an active member of the Georgia Native Plant Society and the Georgia Botanical Society. She uses her personal blog, usinggeorgianativeplants.blogspot.com, to share seasonal ideas and pictures about native plants in her area.
 

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Happy Accidents
by Ellen Honeycutt - posted 09/27/11

Happy accidents are those plant combinations that appear in your garden without your direct planning. I've always felt that Mother Nature was a much better planner than I was and these are a few of the combinations I found (and remembered to photograph!) this year.

This is the native plumleaf azalea, Rhododendron prunifolium, with a very tenacious yellow passionvine, Passiflora lutea.

 

This is also the same azalea - it has a long bloom time - with Carolina lily, Lilium michauxii.

 

 

Here is that tenacious passionvine again, and this time it has wound itself fetchingly throughout Camphorweed, Pluchea camphorata.

 


Ferns are such beautiful plants - it is a shame they don't flower.  But sometimes flowers will pop up nearby and adorn them, this is Ebony spleenwort fern (Asplenium platyneuron) with a Bushy aster (Symphyotrichum dumosum) just starting to open up.

 

Some of my favorite color combinations are blues and yellows.  This is Blue mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum) with one of the clumping goldenrods (Solidago sp).

And if you can get red in there too, it makes it all the more special!  This is goldenrod again with Blazing Star (Liatris pilosa) and Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis).

 

I hope you find some happy accidents too.  In the meantime, enjoy the colorful combinations now appearing on roadsides throughout Georgia.

 

 

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