The Perennial Matchmaker: Create Amazing Combinations with Your Favorite Perennials

4.33 avg rating
( 36 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781623365387: The Perennial Matchmaker: Create Amazing Combinations with Your Favorite Perennials
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Want foolproof ideas for pairing favorite perennials with an array of harmonious plant partners but don’t know where to start? Plantswoman Nancy J. Ondra helps you to jump-start your perennial garden with her one-plant-at-a-time approach for choosing plant partners. Having spent more than 30 years growing and experimenting with perennials and plant combinations, Ondra shares her extensive experience in this in-depth guide to eye-catching color combinations, dramatic textural displays, and stunning seasonal effects.

The Perennial Matchmaker features 80 individual perennial profiles, close to 400 exquisite photographs of plant partnerships, and Ondra’s insight into the wide array of plants that make great combinations, including annuals, bulbs, grasses, shrubs, and other perennials. Each plant profile gives dozens of ideas and suggestions for pairings, including region-specific choices, Ondra’s top-choice perfect match, and an at-a-glance summary of the best color partners.

Whether you are just dreaming of your first perennial garden or are a long-time gardener who wants to elevate plantings for a more cohesive and exciting look, The Perennial Matchmaker is your go-to guide for creating stunning plant medleys.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Nancy J. Ondra is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen gardening books. She grows a wide variety of ornamental and edible plants at Hayefield, her 4-acre homestead in Bucks County, PA.

Excerpt. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:

Achillea

classic summer perennials

Yarrows

Full sun; average to dry soil

Yarrows (Achillea) produce an abundance of tiny blooms clustered into flat- topped flower heads. Among the well-known yarrows with yellow flowers and silvery to gray-green foliage are 3- to 4-foot-tall 'Coronation Gold' and 'Gold Plate' fernleaf yarrow (A. filipendulina) and 18- to 24-inch-tall hybrids 'Moonshine' and Anthea ('Anblo'), all of which are hardy in Zones 3 to 9. Common yarrow (A. millefolium) and its hybrids, which usually flower at about 2 feet in height, expand the color range to include white, pinks, reds, and oranges, as well as yellows. They typically have very lacy bright green or graygreen leaves and are hardy in Zones 3 to 9.

Color Considerations

Yellow-flowered yarrows make striking partners for blue- to purple- flowering perennials, such as 'Brookside' and Rozanne ('Gerwat') hardy geraniums (Geranium), mountain bluet (Centaurea montana), and perennial salvias (Salvia). The bright yellows, including 'Coronation Gold' and 'Moonshine', also make eye-catching co-stars for equally intense reds and oranges, like those of Arkwright's campion (Lychnis x arkwrightii), butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), 'Lucifer' crocosmia (Crocosmia), and Maltese cross (Lychnis chalcedonica), as well as other strong yellows, such as Jerusalem sage (Phlomis russeliana) and sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa), and crisp whites, like 'Becky' Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum). The bright yellows are excellent for echoing companions that have yellow- centered or -throated blooms, like those of Frikart's aster (Aster x frikartii) and many irises and daylilies (Hemerocallis).

When you're choosing companions for hybrids of common yarrow, be aware that it's common for their colors to fade as the flowers age. 'Cerise Queen' starts out bright pink and turns light pink, for instance, while 'Apricot Delight' goes from orangey pink to creamy pink, and 'Fireland' (also sold as 'Feuerland') turns from bright red to peachy yellow. Cut off the older blooms if you don't like their softer colors or leave them and select partners with the multicolor effect in mind.

Yarrows in the pink and softer yellow ranges, such as 'Saucy Seduction' and Anthea, look good with blues, purples, creams, and whites, as well as with silver, gray, and blue foliage. 'Inca Gold', 'Terracotta', 'Fanal' (also sold as 'The Beacon'), 'Paprika', and others in the oranges and reds are also interesting with blue leaves, as well as with yellow-variegated foliage and the buff-colored flower and seed heads of summer-blooming ornamental grasses, such as blue fescues (Festuca), blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens), and tufted hair grass (Deschampsia cespitosa).

A Perfect Match

I love making combinations with peachy and salmon colors, and 'Peachy Seduction' and 'Terracotta' yarrows are two of my go-to bloomers in this color range. They're beautiful with 'Black Adder' anise hyssop (Agastache), 'Walker's Low' catmint (Nepeta), and other purple-blues.

Shapes and Textures

The yarrows with yellow flowers and silvery leaves are usually clump formers, while common yarrow and its hybrids tend to spread out into broad patches. Most aren't particularly distinctive, shape-wise, except for individual clumps of fernleaf yarrow and its taller cultivars, such as 'Gold Plate', which are very upright and contrast well with mounded forms.

The deeply cut foliage gives yarrow plants a fine texture, but that's only obvious in spring and fall. Their primary shape-related feature is their umbel-form blooms (with many small flowers clustered into flat-topped heads). Repeat their strong presence with other perennials that have a similar shape, such as showy stonecrop (Sedum spectabile) and wild quinine (Parthenium integrifolium); with broad daisy-form flowers, like those of echinaceas (Echinacea) and rudbeckias (Rudbeckia); or with other large blooms, like those of daylilies and true lilies (Lilium).

For contrast, pair yarrows with small, simple flowers, like those of coreopsis (Coreopsis) or gaura (Gaura lindheimeri); with rounded clusters, like those of drumstick allium (Allium sphaerocephalon) and globe thistles (Echinops); with airy clusters, like those of catmints (Nepeta) and coral bells (Heuchera sanguinea); or with spiky blooms, like those of dense blazing star (Liatris spicata), penstemons (Penstemon), or perennial salvias (Salvia). Yarrow flowers look wonderful with the fine foliage textures of Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima), New Zealand hair sedge (Carex comans), and other ornamental grasses.

Seasonal Features

Yarrows generally begin flowering in late spring in the South and early summer in northern gardens. Fernleaf yarrow and its selections are at their best through midsummer; then you can remove the dead flowering stems (cut them off close to the base of the plant, so the leaves will hide the stubs) or leave them in place to add structural interest in fall and winter. Other yarrows usually continue to produce new blooms through summer and even into early fall, especially if you regularly remove the finished flower stems. (This will also help to prevent an abundance of unwanted seedlings.)

Special Effects

If you're planning combinations for butterfly gardens, be sure to include pairings of yarrows with other butterfly favorites, such as butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), pincushion flowers (Scabiosa), phlox (Phlox), and red valerian (Centranthus ruber).

Common yarrow and its hybrids, with their relatively loose growing habit, also look right at home in meadow gardens, interplanted with relatively low grasses, such as little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis), and other meadowy perennials, such as butterfly weed and rudbeckias.

Yarrows are great in bouquets, too, so they're excellent companions for other long-lasting blooms, like those of coral bells (Heuchera sanguinea), lavenders (Lavandula), and purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea).

Managing Your Yarrows

Yarrows (Achillea) may be short lived, especially in good soil, and usually benefit from being divided every other year. If you prefer to stick with lower-maintenance plants in your main perennial borders, consider keeping your yarrows--as well as other short-lived perennials, such as black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), blanket flowers (Gaillardia), gaura (Gaura lindheimeri), and rose campion (Lychnis coronaria)--in a separate area. Interplant them with annuals and tender perennials that need to be replanted each spring anyway, and it won't be a big deal to divide or replace the yarrows at the same time.

Bloom Buddies

Marvelous Matches for Flowering Combos

Yarrows (Achillea) tend to grow best in soil that's on the dry and not- especially-fertile side. They can adapt to more regular watering and richer soil, though they tend to be sprawling there. Below are some other sun lovers that overlap with the peak early- to midsummer bloom period and make great companions for yarrows.

African lilies (Agapanthus)

Anise hyssops (Agastache)

Bee balms (Monarda)

Blackberry lily (Belamcanda chinensis)

Blazing stars (Liatris)

Blue flax (Linum perenne)

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Catmints (Nepeta)

Coreopsis (Coreopsis)

Echinaceas (Echinacea)

Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri)

Globe thistles (Echinops)

Lavenders (Lavandula)

Marguerites (Anthemis)

Mountain bluet (Centaurea montana )

Mulleins (Verbascum)

Penstemons (Penstemon)

Perennial salvias (Salvia)

Red valerian (Centranthus ruber)

Rudbeckias (Rudbeckia)

Russian sages (Perovskia)

Speedwells (Veronica)

Summer phlox (Phlox paniculata)

Sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa)

Torch lilies (Kniphofia)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 25.99
US$ 10.31

Convert currency

Shipping: US$ 6.00
From Canada to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Ondra, Nancy J.
Published by Rodale Books 2016-03-08 (2016)
ISBN 10: 1623365384 ISBN 13: 9781623365387
New Paperback Quantity Available: 7
Seller:
BookOutlet
(Thorold, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rodale Books 2016-03-08, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. Publisher overstock, may contain remainder mark on edge. Seller Inventory # 9781623365387B

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.31
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Ondra, Nancy J.
ISBN 10: 1623365384 ISBN 13: 9781623365387
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 24902960-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.75
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Ondra, Nancy J.
Published by St Martins Pr (2016)
ISBN 10: 1623365384 ISBN 13: 9781623365387
New Quantity Available: 14
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description St Martins Pr, 2016. PAP. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9781623365387

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.41
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Ondra, Nancy J.
Published by St Martins Pr (2016)
ISBN 10: 1623365384 ISBN 13: 9781623365387
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description St Martins Pr, 2016. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # KB-9781623365387

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.66
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Nancy J. Ondra
Published by Rodale Press Inc., United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 1623365384 ISBN 13: 9781623365387
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rodale Press Inc., United States, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Planning a spectacular perennial garden just got easier! Forget the time-consuming research needed to determine if one short, spreading flower will look good with a tall, stately grass. Plants woman Nancy J. Ondra has spent 30 years experimenting with plant combinations, and she shares her one-plant-at-a-time approach for choosing plant partners. By focusing first on one perennial and its attributes, gardeners can select companion plants that complement it to create an endless number of groupings with eye-catching colour combinations, dramatic textural displays, and stunning seasonal effects. The Perennial Matchmaker features 90 individual perennial profiles,300 exquisite photographs of plant partnerships, and Ondra s insight into thearray of plants, including annuals, bulbs, grasses, shrubs, and other perennials that make great combinations. Each profile features dozens of ideas for pairings, the reasons why the pairings will work, and region specific choices. Whether the reader is just starting with perennials or is a long time gardener who wants to elevate plantings for a more cohesive look, The Perennial Matchmaker is the go to guide for creating stunning plant medleys. And the matchmaker angle is easy to understand. It s a favourite perennial looking for friends. Seller Inventory # AA99781623365387

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.54
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Ondra, Nancy J.
Published by Rodale Books 3/8/2016 (2016)
ISBN 10: 1623365384 ISBN 13: 9781623365387
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rodale Books 3/8/2016, 2016. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. The Perennial Matchmaker: Create Amazing Combinations with Your Favorite Perennials. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9781623365387

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.97
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Ondra, Nancy J.
Published by Rodale Books
ISBN 10: 1623365384 ISBN 13: 9781623365387
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 6
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rodale Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1623365384 BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|1.8. Seller Inventory # OTF-S-9781623365387

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.14
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Nancy J. Ondra
Published by Rodale Press Inc., United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 1623365384 ISBN 13: 9781623365387
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rodale Press Inc., United States, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Planning a spectacular perennial garden just got easier! Forget the time-consuming research needed to determine if one short, spreading flower will look good with a tall, stately grass. Plants woman Nancy J. Ondra has spent 30 years experimenting with plant combinations, and she shares her one-plant-at-a-time approach for choosing plant partners. By focusing first on one perennial and its attributes, gardeners can select companion plants that complement it to create an endless number of groupings with eye-catching colour combinations, dramatic textural displays, and stunning seasonal effects. The Perennial Matchmaker features 90 individual perennial profiles,300 exquisite photographs of plant partnerships, and Ondra s insight into thearray of plants, including annuals, bulbs, grasses, shrubs, and other perennials that make great combinations. Each profile features dozens of ideas for pairings, the reasons why the pairings will work, and region specific choices. Whether the reader is just starting with perennials or is a long time gardener who wants to elevate plantings for a more cohesive look, The Perennial Matchmaker is the go to guide for creating stunning plant medleys. And the matchmaker angle is easy to understand. It s a favourite perennial looking for friends. Seller Inventory # AA99781623365387

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.28
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Ondra, Nancy J.
Published by Rodale Books
ISBN 10: 1623365384 ISBN 13: 9781623365387
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rodale Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1623365384. Seller Inventory # Z1623365384ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.40
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Ondra, Nancy J.
Published by Rodale Books
ISBN 10: 1623365384 ISBN 13: 9781623365387
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rodale Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1623365384. Seller Inventory # Z1623365384ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.40
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book