A Cute Couple

So guess where I am? I’m in Denver, attending the Garden Bloggers Fling, that’s where. But I’m still going to do a quick post, because I am intensely dedicated. Or obsessive compulsive, one of the two.

Anyhow, last weekend Judy took some pictures of Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea) with Catmint ‘Six Hills Giant’ (Nepeta x faassenii). I think they make an attractive couple.

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Golden Alexander started blooming at least a week before ‘Six Hills Giant’.

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This combination possesses some attractive contrasts: yellow and blue, spikes and umbels, small grey-green leaves and larger emerald-green compound leaves. Both plants are popular with pollinators.

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Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’

In theory, Nepeta is not as shade tolerant as Golden Alexander, but both these plants are doing just fine together in part sun.

That’s all for now.

26 Comments on “A Cute Couple

  1. Queen of the Dirt is there too. If you happen to go to Louisville, the Historic Museum has my name on it.

  2. I hope you two are having a great time. I can’t wait to read all about it.
    My Golden Alexander is in the seed making stage now. How I love that plant. It will grow almost anywhere I believe.

  3. A Garden Bloggers’ Fling? Who knew? Well, obviously some gardeners do — have a great time. And thanks for another view of the golden Alexander. I really like it, especially in this combination. Purple and gold is a typical autumn combination here; it’s nice to see it in summer.

  4. I have “Six Hills Giant” in many places in the garden. The city (Lexington, Ky) is also planting it with grasses in some medians. A wonderful plant. The nepeta with golden Alexander make a good pair.
    Enjoy the Fling in Denver!

  5. Love Golden Alexander, which I planted just last year. Hope you have a great time in Denver!

  6. My favorite color combination! I get it with Munstead lavender and golden oregano right now. My house is yellow and my front door is bright blue as well! So are some rooms and interior doors! Plus the yellow house and Hidcote lavender under the windows in front.
    Like I said, my favorite color combination!
    We’re all looking forward to hearing about the “Fling!”

  7. I’ve also successfully planted nepeta in part shade and, though it can get leggy, the blooms are still a stand-out. The blue-yellow combo is one of my favorites!

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