Good Color Combo

“Good Color Combo”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


We continue to see more spring flowers showing up and in a few weeks, I am hoping that the garden will be in full flower.  The Vinca minor has started blooming under the magnolia tree.  They are about the only thing that seems to want to grow there in so much shade.  The lavender flowers are so pretty and reinforce the pastel spring theme which is just starting.






The cool season annuals that I planted last fall are really starting to bloom profusely now that we have had some warmer weather.  In looking at the flowers, I am realizing that purple goes with everything.  I really like the purple violas and the red petunias together.






The pastel yellow Baby Duck petunias and the blue Louisiana Phlox also make a nice combination.  Once again, purple mixes well with all colors.






Planning ahead in the fall certainly means more than just planting spring-flowering bulbs.  It also means thinking ahead to what the cool season annuals will look like when they finally start blooming, and I am glad my combinations seem to be working out.



  1. Janet said,

    March 4, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Jan, very nice color combos. I like the Louisiana phlox… very pretty.

    • Jan said,

      March 5, 2009 at 5:53 am

      Janet, my mother had LA phlox in a row fronting a flower bed when I was a child. I remember, even then, how impressed I was with those flowers, so I am slowly adding them to the front of one of my beds. They really are so pretty in spring and are one of the first to bloom.

      Thanks, Chandramouli. I really do like the red and purple combo in the entry garden. It goes well with our red door and transitions from fall to spring nicely.

      Melanthia, this is the first year I have planted the Baby Ducks, and they seem to be spreading very well. In a few weeks, the show should be fantastic. At least I am hoping it will be.

      Ewa, thanks for the feedback. It is surprising how well some colors that we, at first, think will clash but end up looking great together.

      Patty, I, too, was a little disconcerted to find there seems to be a problem with Blotanical. I sure hope it gets fixed soon. I know you will enjoy the warmer weather we’ve been having when you come for a visit. It is supposed to be in the mid 70’s today with 80 tomorrow.

  2. March 4, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    It definitely is working out, Jan. Especially the violas and petunias are excellent

  3. Melanthia said,

    March 4, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    It’s great how the red and blue pop. The yellow blush of the baby duck petunia is sweet, too.

  4. Ewa said,

    March 4, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Purple violas and red petunias, are really looking nice together!
    2 of my favourite combos are pink/orange and violet/orange 🙂

  5. Patty said,

    March 5, 2009 at 4:26 am

    Had a hard time finding you today. Seems blotanical site is gone. Luckly I had you in my history. Can’t wait to get a little early Spring next week when I am going to be lucky enough to go south for a week or so. Your garden makes me really looking forward to Spring. So far here everything is still bleak and brown. We are supposed to be in the 50’s this week, and that is almost Spring to me.

  6. Randy said,

    March 5, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Purple and yellow has always been a favorite of mine. With every day that passes I’m getting more excited about spring.:-)

  7. March 5, 2009 at 9:01 am

    The phlox is beautiful…love purple

  8. Jan said,

    March 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Randy, I feel the same way about spring showing up. While we have had the beginnings of spring here, I can’t wait until the warm weather stays around.

    DP, I, too, love that phlox. I just wish it would bloom longer.

  9. Brenda Kula said,

    March 5, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    We once lived in a grand old house that had a huge bed of vinca minor in back. I love their blooms. Looks like pinwheels.

    • Jan said,

      March 5, 2009 at 7:51 pm

      You are right, Brenda, they do look like pinwheels. This is the first year that I have a lot of blooms from the vincas. I guess they finally are established enough.

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