The dramatic and stark differences in foliage shape, color, and form are the basis of this energetic and engaging duo.
This simple, but effective planting combination looks great for months on end and is super-easy to replicate in your garden. It will do best with regular water and while it needs a fair amount of sun to thrive, keep it out of areas with reflected heat or that get the hottest blast of afternoon sun. The bold foliage of the ornamental rhubarb (Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum) is all the more dramatic because of its contrast to the fine, wiry texture of the box honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida 'Baggeson's Gold'). In spring, the Rheum's emerging foliage is a showy red, which is especially striking in combination with the vibrant yellow new growth of the evergreen Lonicera. Later the Rheum foliage transitions to green, as pictured here, and the golden foliage of the box honeysuckle is especially enhanced against the deep dark background.
Beware of pairing plants based solely on color, textural, and/or foliage contrast as it's even more important to make sure that all the plants in your combinations have similar needs in terms of sun, moisture, and soil. We've posted some tips to help with that here.
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