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Plant Combinations

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?

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A Californian Retreat

Isn't this spectacular plant combination a real masterpiece with its staggering reddish rosettes of Paddle Plants (Kalanchoe Luciae) providing a strong architectural and exotic presence in this border?
Garden Ideas, Landscaping Ideas, Small Garden, Small Backyard, Small Space, Studio H landscape,succulent garden, drought tolerant garden, waterwise garden, Zen garden, Mediterranean garden, echeveria, aeonium, yucca bright star

A Ravishing Zen Garden

Dreaming of a Zen garden, love succulents and want drama in your small yard? Not a problem! This project is a great example of what can be accomplished with limited space.
Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Prairie Planting Ideas, Summer Borders, Spring Borders, corn poppy, papaver rhoeas, Salvia nemorosa Caradonna, Sage, Oenothera Speciosa, Evening Primrose, Silene Armeria, Sweet William catchfly

A Casual and Impressionistic Planting Combination

A scenery that reminds of Monet's Poppy Field in Argenteuil, where colorful blobs of paint start from a sprinkling of poppies. This casual and impressionistic planting combination is fairly easy to re-create and requires little maintenance.
Garden Ideas, Border ideas, Perennial Planting, Perennial combination, Antirrhinum majus, Snapdragons, Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm', Salvia 'Mystic Spires Blue', Salvia farinacea, Verbena bonariensis, summer borders

A Captivating Perennial Planting with Rudbeckia, Salvia, Verbena and Antirrhinum

A long-lasting summer border with just a few ingredients for a captivating result.
Garden Ideas, Landscaping ideas, Agapanthus africanus Albus, Agapanthus Northern Star,  Agapanthus Silver Moon, Agastache Black Adder, Deschampsia cespitosa, Eryngium bourgatii, Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote', Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage, Mediterranean border

A Lovely Mediterranean Border with Lavender and Lilies of the Nile

Rich in texture and interest, this fragrant garden border features a fresh color palette of blues and purples with the intent of cooling and calming down an outdoor area overheated after a warm summer day.
Garden ideas, Mediterranean plants, Water wise garden, Low maintenance garden, Agave Blue Flame, Blue Flame Agave, Agave Blue Glow, Blue Glow Agave, Blue agaves

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! 
Spring Borders, Bulb Combinations, Perennial Combinations, Tulip Heart's Delight, Crocus vernus Remembrance, Tulipa Heart's Delight, Crocus Remembrance, Spring bulbs, Spring Flowers, Early spring Bulb Combination

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
Garden ideas, Border ideas, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Fall borders, Winter Borders, Dogwood sibirica, Cornus alba 'Sibirica', Erica carnea, Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold', Hakonechloa macra

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.
Garden ideas, Border ideas, Plant Combinations, Spring Borders, Summer Borders, Fall borders, Winter Borders, Japanese Maples, Evergreen Shrubs, Conifers, Juniperus, Atlas Cedar

A Four-Season Border with Evergreen Conifers and Japanese Maples

While a single Japanese maple can provide a striking focal point, when combined with other maples of different graceful habits, elegantly cut leaves and extraordinarily colorful foliage, the effect is spectacular. If you add a few evergreen shrubs, trees or herbaceous plants, your garden becomes a place of outstanding beauty all year long.
Garden Ideas, Border ideas, Perennial Planting, Perennial combination, Summer Borders, Fall Borders, Sanguisorba Tenuifolia, Astilbe, Pennisetum Rubrum, Centranthus ruber, Valerian, Milk Parsley, Burnet,

A Pretty Pathway with Grasses and Charming Perennials

A beautiful combination of ornamental grasses and perennials turn this path into a welcoming walkway. The flowing foliage of Fountain Grasses and Feather Grasses helps soften the abrupt transition between the paving and the plantings. They are paired with soft colored perennials and wave a lovely tapestry that will gracefully sway in the breeze from mid summer to fall.
Spring Borders, Bulb Combinations, Perennial Combinations, Tulip Suncatcher, Tulipa Suncatcher, Muscari Armeniacum, Bicolor Tulips, Grape Hyacinth, Yellow Tulips, Red Tulips

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!
Garden ideas, Border ideas, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Winter borders, Spring Borders, Cornus Midwinter, Salix vitellina, Lenten Roses, Christmas Roses, Single Hellebores, Double Hellebores, Cyclamen coum, Persian Violet

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!
Garden ideas, Border ideas, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Winter borders, Spring Borders, Heather, Heath, Erica Carnea, Erica Myretoun Ruby', Anemone nemorosa, Wood Anemone

A Sparkling Spring Border Idea with Heaths and Wood Anemones

Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life!
Spring Borders, Bulb Combinations, Perennial Combinations, Tulip Heart's Delight, Hyacinth Woodstock, Hyacinth Splendid Cornelia, Muscari Latifolium, Spring Border Idea, Early spring border

A Fragrant Spring Border with Tulip 'Heart's Delight', Muscari Latifolium, Hyacinths 'Woodstock' & 'Splendid Cornelia'

A fabulous flower carpet in early - mid spring!
Spring Combination Ideas, Bulb Combinations, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Spring Borders, Summer Borders, Allium, Purple sensation, Persicaria Superba, cirsium rivulare atropurpureum

A Pretty Border Idea with Alliums and Persicaria

Create long-lasting, pleasing contrasts in your garden. In this sunny border, the striking and architectural, ball-shaped, violet-lilac blossoms of Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation' (Ornamental Onion) look fantastic popping up through the lower-growing, pink Persicaria bistorta 'Superba' (Bistort). A wonderful pairing which is also rich in benefits.

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