Thursday, October 7, 2010

Some Combinations Just Work

Verbena bonariensis and Pennisetum 'Rubrum' at the Parc du Mont-Royal

An amazing combination I found today and had to share.


  1. Great photo!
    Are you Montreal based or were you just visiting?

  2. I have had a love affair with Verbena b. since my days at Longwood Gardens in 1986. It does not like Charleston, SC and I pine to have this view somewhere near. Guess I will have to view a link to get my fix. Thanks!

  3. Lovely combination. I recently saw white tobacco plant, Nicotiana sylvestris with Verbena bonariensis in a formal box edged garden in Northumbria which was lovely too.

    Best wishes Sylvia

  4. Thanks all!

    Allanbecker: Just visiting, I live in Portland, OR :-)

    Zoey: Thanks!

    Compost: Me too...I love it so much, seeing planting like this make me want even more of it!

    Sylvia: That sounds like a lovely combination!

  5. Thanks for sharing this photo Scott. I have some low growing miscanthus that could use some color interest--hello verbena!

  6. bonariensis seems to work with just about anything. It's a good thing, too, because it seeds around like crazy.

  7. That is an interesting and gorgeous combo I would of never thought of, thanks for sharing! :)

  8. Wow! That's a lovely photo indeed. I thought it's partly your skill in taking the photo which brought out the beauty of the combination.

  9. I love verbena bonariensis and there are not too many plants that can act as combination ones due to its height but this sure fits the bill. Its a lovely combination and great photograph.

  10. Great photo. Beautiful.
    I'd like to invite you to join a garden blog game. The rules are:
    1. Inform who invited you
    2. List 10 things you like to do
    3. Invite another 10 bloggers to do the same.

  11. I apologize. I didn't leave my blog name and URL in my invite for the garden blog game. They are:
    Garden Sense at

  12. Very pretty. Reminiscent of a fireworks display.

  13. Love this. Am just doing a mass planting of pennisetum rubrum in the UK. Do you know how it fairs in the winter?

    Many thanks


  14. Hi Elspeth!

    I'm not sure what zone you are, but I think it's only hardy to zone 9 (or 10). Sadly, not hardy for us here in PDX (Zone 8), so it's grown as an annual here. I do think there is a variety on the market that shares some of the red coloring and is hardier...but the name escapes me. I figure, with all the breeding going on, it's only a matter of time before we have a truly hardy version that matches rubrum for it's beauty!