Blue and yellow has always been a favourite pairing of colours and last year I thought how well helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ would look with the tall wands of Salvia uliginosa. I had both in the garden but not together. So I moved some of both this spring to a new bed that had been made. In theory the bed is moist but, of course, it has not been this summer. But being in new soil which was enriched with some compost before planting, the helianthus and salvia have grown far better here than where they have been established a few years.
The two plants have just started to bloom heavily and as the weeks progress there should be more flowers and I hope they will intermingle. It is a happy coincidence that the colours reflect those of the Ukrainian flag.
The bed also contains a eupatorium that spoils the effect but makes the bees and butterflies very happy.