24 surprising plant combos

What happens when a plant biologist and a landscape artist team up to create a garden on a California hillside? Surprising plant combinations at every turn

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Fire and ice
Erin Kunkel

Fire and ice

The dark purple tulips, well past their prime, are left drying in place. As Baumann says, “We appreciate all stages of a plant.” The dark purple of the tulips and smoke tree looks so good against the ice blue of the agave. It’s one of Baumann’s all-time favorite color combinations, and we find it a lot on his property.

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