Choos­ing ThE BEsT planT­ing parT­nErs

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A tall, ma­ture cean­othus planted against a wall can make a mag­nif­i­cent back­drop for show­ing off lighter flow­ers in front, es­pe­cially those which are also tall in stature. Bright, lime-green eu­phor­bias, such as the ma­jes­tic ‘Wulfenii’ or Euphor­bia amyg­daloides, bring a splen­didly sharp colour con­trast to the blue of the cean­othus, and both thrive in dry, warm con­di­tions, in light soil.

Tall cean­othus in full flower add so much colour that sub­tle plant­ing part­ners work well in pre­vent­ing the plant­ing from look­ing too busy. The bushy var­ie­gated ev­er­green shrub Pit­tospo­rum tenuifoliu­m can be planted at the foot of a cean­othus, where its cool, white-edged leaves pro­vide con­trast and will also help to hide any bare stems at the bottom of the plant above.

To add an­other cool con­trast, but with flow­ers rather than leaves, part­ner­ing cean­othus with scram­bling climber Clema­tis mon­tana will cre­ate an ab­so­lute crescendo of flow­ers in one place to cre­ate a spe­cial scene, although the leaves of the clema­tis will hide those of the cean­othus.

For low-main­te­nance colour in a large space, a mound-form­ing cean­othus can be paired with the var­ie­gated ev­er­green shrub eu­ony­mus ‘Emer­ald ’n’ Gold’ for a sharp colour con­trast in spring that will still work when the cean­othus has fin­ished flow­er­ing.

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