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Spring bulbs, Spring bulbs, Hyacinthoides, Iris reticulata, Muscari, Scilla, Allium, Anemone, Chionodoxa, Galanthus, Tulipa, Narcissus, Spring Garden

Brighten Up Your Garden From January Through May with Colorful Flower Bulbs

Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus: these are the spring bloomers everyone knows. But there are hundreds of other, lesser-known beauties to plant in fall. Some are small and delicate, others tall and ungainly. All are fabulous. Wait till you see them!

Underplanting roses, Best David Austin Roses, Best roses for borders, Rose borders, Shrub Roses, Rose companion plants, companion planting

Underplanting Roses - Companion Plants for Roses

Roses need friends or companion plants around them for various reasons including pest and disease control, longer season of interest and aesthetics. Below are some basic rules to follow when pairing your favorite roses with other plants.

Flowering Crabapples, Crabapples, Malus, Plant Combinations, Border Ideas, Spring Borders, Summer Borders, Companion Plants, Fragrant Treess, Small Trees, Winter Fruit, Fall Fruit

How To Choose The Right Flowering Crabapple for Your Garden

Most gardeners are unaware of the wide range of characteristics offered by Malus species and their cultivars in terms of flower color, fragrance, fruit color, fruit retention, fall foliage, tree shape, and disease resistance. These are key elements to consider when selecting a flowering crabapple. Consequently, you should not eliminate varieties merely by flower color alone, or you may end up with a less than optimum tree with limited interest.

Spring Combination Ideas, Bulb Combinations, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Spring Borders, tulips combinations, tulips with perennials, tulips with annuals, plant combinations with tulips

Combining Tulips with Annuals and Perennials

Although tulips look fabulous when planted in large drifts, they look even better when combined with other flowering bulbs, annuals or perennials. Here are some lovely combination ideas that are easy to replicate in your own garden.

Japanese Anemones, Windflowers, Anemone tomentosa, Grapeleaf Anemones, Anemone x Hybrida, fall flowers, Fall perennials, white flowers, pink flowers, growing Japanese Anemones, Caring Japanese Anemones

How To Grow Japanese Anemones

Planting and caring for Japanese Anemones is easy. Though they may appear delicate, these long-lived perennials can survive with minimal maintenance once they are established.

Helleborus (Hellebores)

There are 17 Hellebore species. Most are native to the mountainous regions of Europe, especially the Balkan region of the former Yugoslavia, south along the eastern Adriatic to Greece and Turkey. Many of the species have been interbred, producing countless hybrid Hellebores in a rich array of colors and forms.

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Winter Garden, Early Spring Garden, Exfoliating Bark, dogwood, witch hazel, ilex, berries

Create a Garden with Great Winter Interest

Winters may be long and cold, but your garden can allay that dreariness and be transformed into a place of natural beauty with visually arresting textures, colors, fragrance and flowers. To create such a beautiful winter scene, you need to make sure you select the right plants.

Betula, Birches, Betula pendula, Betula utilis, Betula utilis var. jacquemontii, Betula ermanii, Betula dahurica, Betula albosinensis, Betula nigra, River birch, Chinese birch, White birch, Paper birch, Chinese red birch,

Which Birch to Choose for my Garden?

Impervious to cold and wet, low maintenance and deer resistant, birches are terrific additions to the landscape. Often grown as specimen trees, they look spectacular when planted in groups of three or more.

Combining Roses and Clematis, Mixing clematis and roses, Growing clematis and roses, Clematis and Roses Combinations, Best Climbing Roses, Best Clematis, Planting Roses and Clematis, Pruning Roses and Clematis

Pretty Roses and Clematis Combination Ideas (Part 1)

When pairing roses and clematis, you need to consider size, color, fragrance, and timing of their respective blooms. The diverse clematis family provides you with a wide choice in terms of flower size (large, small, single, double) and shapes (cross-shaped, bell-shaped, star-shaped), color (purple, blue, pink, red, white or bicolor), fragrance, disease-resistance.

Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple)

Native to Japan, Korea and China, Acer palmatum is a species to which most Japanese Maples belong. It includes a rich variety of deciduous shrubs or small trees with graceful habits, elegantly cut leaves and extraordinarily colorful foliage, particularly in the fall when the leaves warm up to dazzling shades of golden-yellow, red-purple and bronze, before shedding to the ground.

Acer palmatum, Acer palmatum dissectum, Acer shirasawanum, Plant Combinations, Spring Combinations, Summer Combinations, Fall Combinations

Plant Combination Ideas with Japanese Maples

Japanese Maples can adapt to a wide range of cultural situations. Easy to plant, they are shallow rooted and not serious competitors with companion shrubs.

Acer palmatum, Acer palmatum dissectum, Acer shirasawanum, Plant Combinations, Spring Combinations, Summer Combinations, Fall Combinations

Combining Japanese Maples for long-lasting color impact

Combine Japanese Maples with multiple seasons of interest, forms, leaf shapes or colors will extend their colorful impact in the garden and provide double the pleasure.

Acer palmatum, Acer palmatum dissectum, Acer shirasawanum, Plant Combinations, Spring Combinations, Summer Combinations, Fall Combinations

Companion Plants for your Japanese Maples

A single Japanese Maple placed in a prominent place attracts attention from every part of the garden. While extraordinarily good-looking on their own, Japanese Maples however, look more charming when planted with companion plants. Well-behaved, they make perfect partners with other plants and help create strikingly beautiful combinations in the garden.

Creeping Phlox, Moss Phlox, Moss Pink, Mountain Phlox, Phlox subulata, white flowers, pink flowers, blue flowers, purple flowers, spring flowers, companion plants

Great Companion Plants for your Creeping Phlox

Considered as one of the most colorful of all ground covers, Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox) is a popular evergreen perennial with masses of delicate pink, magenta, purple-blue or white flowers in mid to late spring. They bloom so profusely that they literally blanket the dark green, needle-like foliage.

Japanese Anemones, Windflowers, Anemone tomentosa, Grapeleaf Anemones, Anemone x Hybrida, fall flowers, Fall perennials, white flowers, pink flowers, companion plants

Great Companion Plants for your Japanese Anemones

With one of the longest-blooming seasons, up to 6-8 weeks, Japanese Anemones add brilliant color in the landscape, from mid or late summer through fall.

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