The fifth printing of my book filled with gorgeous botanical photographs by Ellen Hoverkamp and garden shots by me just arrived. Thank goodness. The book was unavailable for a little while. It’s great that we will have copies for my lecture on Natural Companions at Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan on February 17.
In Natural Companions, we present recipes for perfect plant pairings using diverse species that look great together and bloom at the same time. Organized by theme within seasons, topics include color, fragrance, foliage, grasses, edible flowers and much more, all presented in photographs of gardens that show planted combinations from a wide variety of climates and conditions. Natural Companions also features more than one hundred special botanical images of amazing depth and color created in collaboration with artist Ellen Hoverkamp using modern digital technology.
Filled with an incredible amount of horticultural guidance, useful plant recommendations, and gardening lore—all written in Druse’s charming, witty style—this book is a must-have for gardeners and lovers of plants and flowers. Check it out!
The scan to the left is of the night blooming cereus, Epiphyllum oxypetalum, also called “Queen of the Night,” a jungle cactus from Central America.
Below left, is an incredible mix of two large lavender pink peonies and the taller rare Nectaroscordum with dangling pink bells and the pom poms of Viburnum plicatum f. plicatum ‘Rosace’ . To the right of that is a grouping of fern species and the variegated Japanese Solomon’s Seal, most often seen with the Latin name Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’, but may also be found by a number of synonyms.