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.



An Easy Summer Planting Idea with Lantana and Ornamental Grasses

This desirable and long-lasting summer border is fairly easy to replicate in order to be enjoyed at home. Gloriously teaming up with the brightly colored flower clusters of Lantana camara, are the long arching plumes of Pennisetum setaceum (Purple Fountain Grass) which sway gracefully in the summer breeze. Both plants are drought tolerant, deer resistant, and require very little care.

A Sparkling Summer Border Idea with Queen of the Prairie, Bee Balm and Culver's Root

This pretty perennial border, in the prairie style planting, is composed of vigorous perennials which will set your garden afire from early to late summer

A Lovely Raised Bed Idea with Grasses, Blood Pinks and Sage

Colorful and rich in textures! Create stunning, easy care and long-lasting combinations for your sunny borders or raised beds like this one. All plants are deer and drought tolerant. Undemanding and easy to grow, they require little maintenance and enjoy a very long season of interest!

A Prairie Planting Idea with Echinacea, Penstemon and Salvia

Awash with colors and shapes, this luminous prairie style planting brilliantly associates the cheerful Echinacea paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower) with the vertical scarlet spires of Penstemon barbatus 'Coccineus' (Beardtongue) and those of Salvia sclarea (Clary Sage).

A Prairie Planting Idea with Echinacea, Penstemon and Eryngium

Perfect for dry and sandy soils, this luminous prairie style planting brilliantly associates the cheerful Echinacea paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower) and elegant Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower) with the vertical scarlet spires of Penstemon barbatus 'Coccineus' (Beardtongue).

A Luminous Perennial Planting Idea with Echinacea pallida and Agastache

Awash with colors and shapes, this luminous plant combination brilliantly associates the elegant, soft pink Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower) with the vertical white spires of Agastache rugosa f. albiflora (Giant Hyssop)

A Pretty Prairie Planting Idea with Echinacea pallida, Eryngium and Agastache

This prairie style planting is composed of vigorous perennials which will add drama in your garden from early summer to fall.

A Prairie Planting Idea with Easy Care Annuals and Perennials

This soft, naturalistic planting is designed to inspire gardeners to support local wildlife. Incorporating wildlife friendly areas into our gardens is very important. Bees, bugs and butterflies all help in the pollination process, as well creating balanced ecosystems. This luminous prairie style planting associates a wonderful mix of easy care annuals, perennials and ornamental grasses for a long-lasting summer display.

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Gertrude Jekyll' & Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'

While the list of plants that look great when planted between and under roses is endless, Catmint (Nepeta) remains a favorite companion for roses.

A Long-Lasting Summer Border Idea

Bring interest to your garden path!

A Luminous Prairie Planting Idea for Your Summer

Wouldn't you love your sunny borders to look like this in late spring or early summer? Low maintenance and easy to grow, all these prolific bloomers will bring fireworks of color to your landscape!

A Glowing Prairie Planting Idea for Your Summer

Wouldn't you love your sunny borders to look like this in the summer? Low maintenance and easy to grow, all these prolific bloomers will bring fireworks of color to your landscape all summer long!

A Fabulous Plant Combination for Wet Soils: Candelabra Primroses and Siberian Irises

Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden with this striking plant combination pairing the delicate presence and eye-catching blossoms of Candelabra Primroses with the vibrant, violet blue flowers of Siberian Irises

An Eye-Catching Border Idea with Alliums, Lupines and Euphorbia

Spectacular and deer tolerant! All plants won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for their merits!

An Eye-Catching Border Idea with Alliums and Lupines

Lupines (Lupinus Polyphyllus) are one of the most striking perennials in the late spring garden with their elegant lines, exquisite colors and fine-textured foliage. They partner extremely well with the tall, architectural ornamental onions (Alliums) to create spectacular displays.

A Glowing Summer Border Idea with Irises, Alliums, Catmint and Sage

How not to marvel at the sumptuous colors of this perennial combination which can be enjoyed for several weeks in late spring or early summer. Fairly easy to recreate, it includes relatively drought tolerant species such as gaily-colored Tall Bearded Irises, cool purples and blues of Sage, Catmint or Garden Phlox, all splashed with the graceful blossoms of White Flower Lace.

A Pretty Summer Border Idea with Irises, Mullein and Sage

How not to marvel at the sumptuous colors of this perennial combination which can be enjoyed for several weeks in late spring or early summer. Fairly easy to recreate, it includes relatively drought tolerant plants in rich shades of reds, purples and plums such as Tall Bearded Irises, Sage, Mullein, all splashed with the graceful blossoms of Baltic Parsley.

A Pretty Summer Border Idea with Irises, Astrantia and Grasses

This perennial planting of herbaceous plants creates a colorful ornamental landscape in late spring or early summer. Towering above the delicate, claret flowers of Astrantia major (Mugwort) and the elegant clouds of feathery panicles of Deschampsia cespitosa (Tufted Hair Grass), spectacular tall Bearded Irises garner the attention.

A Refreshing Summer Border Idea with Irises, Alliums, Catmint and Grasses

Most plants have won prestigious awards, are deer and rabbit resistant and make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home!

A Lovely Spring Border Idea with Peonies, Purple Cranesbill and Loosestrife

This lovely perennial combination will make your garden sing in late spring - early summer. Simple to replicate at home

A Lovely Spring Border Idea with Peonies, Roses and Sage

This English-style border brims with gorgeous blooms such as scarlet peonies, soft pastel roses, purple salvias and tall spikes of Digitalis purpurea. More than enough to make the garden sing from late spring to fall.

A Ravishing Summer Border Idea with Roses and Sage

This summer border brims with gorgeous blooms and makes the garden sing from late spring to fall.