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Tulips with Smyrnium and Nigella In late spring, Dutch garden designer Jacqueline van der Kloet showcases magenta tulips in a sea of gold and green companion plants. There’s great contrast between the bright flowers of lily-flowered Tulipa ‘Ballade’, the dill-like foliage of Nigella (love in a mist) and the gold flowers and foliage of Smyrnium perfoliatum (yellow alexander). After bloom, the tulips and Smyrnium fade. At that point, van der Kloet pulls the fading Smyrnium, which sometimes self-seeds excessively. The Nigella continues to bloom into mid-summer, then sets attractive seed heads. Credit: Jacqueline van der Kloet/Colorblends.com

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