While meandering through the crowds at the Philadelphia flower show, I made several observations about humans and plants. We tend to group together. It is okay to stand alone. And sometimes it is just a matter of rearranging to get a better fit. (As it was for me when I saw this particular combination.)
A picture-perfect display put together by a Clematis vendor showed beautiful specimens. More inviting to me was how the clematis climbed through evergreens or tumbled around them. This particular combination–of a purple variety embracing several gold mops was especially pleasing. And I hope to GROW THAT combination in my own landscape.