Companion Plants in Yellow and Blue
Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) are a widely loved wildflower.
One of its best companions, however, is not so widely loved. I speak of Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), which is peaking in my garden along with the Bluebells even as I write this.
These plants perfect for each other. There are the simultaneously blooming flowers – blue for the Mertensia, golden yellow for the Stylophorum. I always like to mix blue and yellow blooms.
Then there is the contrast of foliage shape: lobed and oak-like for Celandine Poppies and rounded leaves for the Bluebells, though the leaves of each have a similar bluish green hue. Also, these two plants prefer the same woodsy, part shade conditions.
Some people consider Celandine Poppies to be weedy, and they do tend to seed themselves about with more enthusiasm than is strictly necessary. However the seedlings are not difficult to remove – and a mass of blooming Celandine Poppies are an energizing sight.
Celandine Poppies are not ephemerals like Virginia Bluebells. Their foliage does get ratty during a hot summer, but fresh leaves (and sometimes flowers) will sprout when the weather cools.
Celandine Poppies are probably not a good fit for a formal garden, but they can add a great deal of pleasure to an an informal cottage or wildflower garden. The same is true, I think, of Virginia Bluebells.
Do you grow Celandine Poppies in your garden?