Plant Combinations by Region: Central California

 

A Beautiful Duo with Agave 'Blue Flame' and 'Blue Glow'

Simple but stunning, this Mediterranean duo includes two spectacular Agave hybrids. Imagine how gorgeous this duo becomes when backlit by the sun in early morning or late afternoon! 

A Glowing Winter Border with Dogwood, Heath and Grasses

This incredibly pretty planting includes plants of great winter interest that will lift your spirits during the dull days of winter.

A Spectacular Spring Border Idea with Tulip 'Heart's Delight' & Crocus 'Remembrance'

A fabulous flower carpet in early spring! Prior to the blooming of the majority of the perennials, the crocuses will be happily and busily cheering up the garden

A Traffic-Stopping Spring Border Idea with Bold Tulips and Muscari

Get creative and cheer up your mid-late spring garden! Cobalt blue muscari and glowing golden yellow tulips adorned with fiery scarlet edges, make a bold impression together. Fairly easy to replicate, even for the beginner gardener!

A Sparkling Spring Border Idea with Heaths and Wood Anemones

Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life!

An Eye-Catching Winter Border Idea with Colorful Twigs and Cyclamens

Low maintenance and fairly easy to replicate, this planting includes top performing plants which have been awarded prestigious awards. Enjoy a glorious and colorful spectacle from winter to even spring!

An Eye-Catching Border Idea with colorful Allium and Euphorbia

Create long-lasting, pleasing contrasts in your garden. Combine the showy, bright greenish-yellow flowers of Euphorbia palustris (Marsh Spurge) with the attractive, burnt orange flowers and red-tinged leaves of Euphorbia griffithii 'Fern Cottage' (Spurge). Fairly easy to re-create, deer and rabbit resistant and low maintenance!

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Rhododendrons and Tulips

Rhododendrons and tulips can create a brilliant show of flowers early in the season, before the roses and annual plants eclipse all the beauties of the garden.

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Tulips and Bleeding Hearts

The charming blooms of bleeding hearts (Dicentra) are an elegant addition to the late spring and early summer garden. Featured in this plant combination is 'Gold Heart', a stunning selection with rosy-pink blossoms and brilliant golden-yellow lacy leaves. The luminous foliage creates a perfect foil for late-flowering, rich purple tulips.

A Fabulous Plant Combination for Moist Soils and Shady Gardens

Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden! Most plants are low maintenance, trouble-free and ignored by deer and rabbits!

An Easy Summer Planting Idea with Sage and Ornamental Grasses

This desirable and long-lasting summer border is fairly easy to replicate in order to be enjoyed at home.

A Cheerful Winter Border Idea with Hellebores and Cyclamens

Low care, Hellebores and Cyclamen are invaluable additions to the shade garden and provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter.

A Fragrant Spring Border Idea with Double Early Tulips & Muscari

Get creative and cheer up your mid spring garden! Cobalt blue muscari and glowing apricot tulips make a bold impression together. Fairly easy to replicate, even for the beginner gardener!

A Spectacular Spring Border Idea with Brilliant Tulips and Cotinus

Create spectacular spring borders like this one. Underplant the spectacular Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' (Smokebush) with the glowing blossoms of Tulip 'Orange Emperor' for a magnificent display in early to mid spring.

A Low Maintenance Summer Idea for your Borders with Alliums and Grasses

A very interesting border idea for sunny spots of the landscape. Easy to grow and low maintenance, all plants are drought tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant and virtually pest and disease free. Enjoy!

A Beautiful Fall Border Idea with Asters, Verbena and Grasses

Summer might be over but the gardening season is not as evidenced by this beautiful late-summer garden which marries small and medium-sized plants with great fall colors. You can easily replicate it in your own garden.

A Splendid Fall Border Idea with Penstemon, Asters and Grasses

Valued primarily for their fall colors, Asters bear a profusion of attractive star-shaped flowers for weeks that cheerfully enliven the late season garden. Available in a wide array of heights, they are useful in the back, middle or front sections of the border.

A Soft Border Idea with Grasses, Echinacea and Monarda

This soft informal border is composed of low-growing perennials which will introduce romance in your landscape from early summer until fall. Perfect for small gardens or container planting, this pleasing combination will feed many butterflies but will be ignored by hungry deer.

A Lovely Mediterranean Border with Erysimum, Artemisia and Calamintha

Packed with deer and drought resistant plants, this Mediterranean raised bed is a delight in terms of fragrance, color and texture. At the foot of an old gnarled olive tree are easy to grow perennials and shrubs offering a very long season of interest extending from spring to fall.

A Fragrant and Colorful Summer Border Idea

This Mediterranean climate border is almost overwhelming in its profusion of colors, shapes and textures. All plants are deer and drought resistant.

A Lovely Mediterranean Border with Russian Sage and Lilies of the Nile

Rich in texture and interest, this fragrant garden border features a fresh color palette of blue and purple perennial flowers. Plant these wonderful perennial plants near a pool where they can be reflected for double the pleasure.

A Pretty Planting Combination with Alliums, Poppies and Columbines

This lovely plant combination is rich of many exciting contrasts in colors and shapes. Popping up from the flowerbed like so many out-stretched ostrich necks are the tall and elegant flower spikes of Verbascum 'Carribean Crush' (Mullein) and the dense white puffball flower umbels of Allium 'Mont Blanc'.

An Impressive Planting Combination with Alliums, Poppies and Sage

Are you striving to embellish your borders in a striking naturalistic fashion while devoting as little time possible for care? Why not re-create this fantastic plant combination