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 delightful color show that will provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter and early spring.
Create splendid winter combinations like this one. Choose easy-to-grow evergreen plants that will add texture and color to the garden from fall to spring.
This romantic and delicate planting includes mostly plants that are chalk and lime tolerant. Ranging from creamy white to blush and deepening to clarets and blues in the meadow, their soft colors create a sense of exquisite tranquillity and deep relaxation. A wonderful way to celebrate late spring and early summer.
A border of mixed herbaceous peonies is always an image of beauty and elegance!
Bringing color before most plants have ventured a leaf above ground, Hellebores (Helleborus) are invaluable additions to the shade garden and provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter. But rather than let these charming beauties bloom lonesomely in a bare patch, give them companion plants and layer your plantings for maximum drama.
Get your landscape to burst into vivid life during the chillier months! Remember to plant a few Dwarf Irises (Iris reticulata) and Snowdrops (Galanthus) in the fall.
There are few sights which surpass a mixed planting of Cyclamen coum (Persian Violet) on an early spring morning. When combined with the golden-yellow cup-shaped blooms of Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite) and the dainty nodding white blossoms of Galanthus (Snowdrops), they all add sparkles in the winter or early spring garden, when most plants are still dormant, and bring huge amounts of optimism and great joy.
Prized for their abundant winter or early spring blooms and attractive foliage, Hellebores (Helleborus) are invaluable additions to the shade garden and provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter. But rather than let these charming beauties bloom lonesomely in a bare patch, give them companion plants and layer your plantings for maximum drama.
Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life! Remember to plant a few Winter Heaths. Evergreen, they are terrific plants thanks to their fabulous ability to change color year-round. Low maintenance, deer or salt resistant, winter hardy, drought tolerant (once established) and fairly easy to grow, they do not require much: decent drainage and some sunshine.
A brilliant way of coloring shady areas!
Create pleasing contrasts in your garden. Combine the showy, lime-green to gold bracts of Cushion Spurge (Euphorbia polychroma) with the architectural, coppery-purple foliage of Phormium tenax Purpureum Group (New Zealand Flax). Complement these foliage plants with the vibrant blossoms of a few exceptionally beautiful tulips and enjoy their color splash and fascinating display!
Create long-lasting, pleasing contrasts in your garden. Combine the showy, lime-green to gold bracts of Cushion Spurge (Euphorbia polychroma) with the attractive, coppery-purple foliage of Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana')
Create pleasing contrasts in your spring garden. Combine the gracefully weeping golden foliage of the highly popular Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea' (Sawara Cypress) with the graceful blossoms of Tulipa 'Ballade', an exceptionally beautiful Lily-flowered tulip, and the bright cobalt blue flowers of Muscari armeniacum (Grape-Hyacinth). Enjoy their color splash and fascinating display in mid to late spring. Fairly easy to re-create and low maintenance!
Wow! Such a lovely plant combination to cheer you up for weeks and impress your neighbors in late spring - early summer! Easy to replicate, low maintenance, this perennial planting is not only colorful but is also deer resistant!
Wow! Such a breathtaking plant combination to cheer you up for weeks in late spring - early summer. Easy to replicate, this planting includes 2 award-winning plants.
Add a welcome splash of sunshine in your spring garden. Combine these 2 award-winning plants.
This ravishing garden scene can be enjoyed in late spring or early summer. Perfect for small gardens, this refreshing plant combination includes many award-winning plants which are all low maintenance, deer and rabbit resistant!
This garden bursts with early season color and elegant, frilly flowers. Only two ingredients have been used: Siberian Irises (Iris sibirica) and Oriental Poppies (Papaver orientale). Easy to grow, both these perennial plants require little care while providing a charming floral display.
This colorful garden scene is to be enjoyed over 3 seasons of cheerful pleasure. It reveals the beauty of Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum' (Japanese Maple) whose deep purple spring foliage turns fiery orange-red in the fall. It is paired with the highly popular Japanese Flowering Cherry Tree, Prunus serrulata 'Kanzan'
Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden! All 3 plants have been granted the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding qualities