Plant Combinations

 

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Plant Combination Ideas

All gardeners want to create exciting borders in terms of color, form, or texture. However, pairing plants in a beautiful or dramatic fashion is not always easy. How best to pair perennials or shrubs? What blooms with what and when? What plants to pick for a shady border, dry or wet soils, hot summer or cool winter gardens?

Our goal is to guide you all along the process and provide you with winning design ideas. We collect stunning pictures of gardens created by talented professionals and provide you with all the information you need to easily re-create them at home. We include a list of plants used, quantities needed, and a list of nurseries where to find them.



A Cheerful Border Idea with Monarda, Achillea and Digitalis

Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and low maintenance, this summer border, awash with colors and shapes, is really fascinating. A few perennials were used to create this striking look

A Lovely Border Idea with Achillea, Agapanthus and Grasses

This charming summer border is a marriage of colors, shapes and textures. Fairly easy to replicate at home, it combines the blue rounded clusters of Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile) with the rich golden-yellow trumpets of Hemerocallis 'Bonanza' (Daylily) and the flat, honey-colored umbels of Achillea 'Walther Funcke' (Yarrow).

A Lovely Backyard Retreat with Achillea, Festuca and Grasses

A plant combination which is long-lasting, drought tolerant and low care. Enjoy weeks of color while doing virtually nothing!

A Fabulous Fall Border with Anemone, Verbena and Sanguisorba

Looking for a naturalistic midsummer or fall border that would also be airy, low care and with a long season of interest? You found it.

A Terrific Border Idea with Kniphofia, Lobelia, Helenium and Canna

Create long-lasting summer borders, awash with colors and shapes!

A Cheerful Border Idea with Monarda, Clematis and Artemisia

Attractive to butterflies but ignored by deer!

A Cheerful Border Idea with Monarda, Agastache and Echinacea

A simple and easy plant combination to create for a lovely and unforgettable spectacle! Easy to grow and fairly low care, most plants are attractive to butterflies or hummingbirds!

A Terrific Border Idea with Kniphofia, Lobelia and Helenium

With their unusual shapes and brilliant colors, Kniphofias (Red Hot Pokers) and Lobelia (Lobelia x speciosa) are wonderful herbaceous perennials to combine in beds and borders

A Pretty Duo to Try: Asclepias and Salvia

Fairly easy to replicate, this eye-catching plant combination includes a couple of spectacular elements which almost thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks. Low maintenance, pest and disease-free, deer and drought tolerant, this planting will attract scores of butterflies.

A Fabulous Duo to Try: Echinacea and Salvia

Fairly easy to replicate, this dramatic border includes a couple of spectacular elements which thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks

A Fabulous Duo to Try: Echinacea and Miss Willmott's Ghost

Fairly easy to replicate, this dramatic border includes a couple of spectacular elements which thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks

A Lovely Prairie Planting Idea with Echinacea, Perovskia and Miss Willmott's Ghost

Fast growing while bumblebees and butterflies dance attendance, all these perennial plants are low maintenance, pest and disease-free, deer and drought tolerant, and make excellent cut flowers.

A Pretty Duo to Try: Asclepias and Geranium

Fairly easy to replicate, this attractive plant combination includes a couple of spectacular elements which almost thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks. Low maintenance, pest and disease-free, deer and drought tolerant, this planting will attract scores of butterflies.

A Fabulous Duo to Try: Rose 'Sharifa Asma' with Campanula

Fragrant and eye-catching! This mix is particularly lovely in late spring or early summer when the fortissimo scent of the Roses is exquisite!

An Eye-Catching Summer Border with Alliums, Eryngium, Salvia and Helenium

Such a spectacular plant combination to cheer you up for weeks and impress your neighbors! Easy to replicate, low maintenance, this planting idea is not only colorful but is also deer and rabbit resistant!

A Cheerful Border Idea with Monarda, Agastache and Artemisia

A lovely plant combination for a long lasting display. Easy to grow and low care, the plants selected offer a soft harmony of pink and blue shades that are soothing to the eye. All plants are deer and rabbit resistant. Enjoy!

A Fresh Border Idea with Monarda, Geranium and Phlox

A lovely plant combination for a long lasting display. Easy to grow, the plants selected offer a soft harmony of pink, blue and purple shades that are soothing to the eye. The planting palette includes herbaceous perennials chosen for their individual qualities

A Fabulous Duo to Try: Kniphofia and Pampa Grass

Create architectural borders like this one! Both plants enhance seasonal interest, help create striking borders, are drought, salt and deer tolerant. They also won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society

A Fabulous Duo: Astrantia and Geranium

Create striking summer borders pairing the delicate presence and intriguing blossoms of Astrantia Major (Great Masterwort) with the charming, unusual double blossoms of Geranium Pratense (Cranesbill)

A Prairie Planting Idea with Helenium, Rudbeckia and Grasses

The charm and appeal of this prairie planting comes from the glowing beauty of its flowers and from the grace of its ornamental grasses. Planted in masses and drifts of color, rudbeckia, crocosmia, helenium, echinacea, eryngium create drama and impact. Blooming in succession over a long season, they are interplanted with stipa and calamagrostis for a naturalistic meadow effect. These grasses will provide a great show in fall after the flowers are long gone.