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 Long-Lasting Summer Idea for your Borders with Lavender, Achillea and Sedum

If you are looking for a long-lasting border idea with drought tolerant, fairly pest-free and low maintenance plants, you have found it!

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Corsican Hellebore and Siberian Bugloss

Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life! Remember to plant a few Hellebores. A low maintenance and deer resistant plant combination to bring cheerful color to your spring garden. Enjoy!

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Hellebore, Siberian Bugloss and Grasses

Showy and long-lasting, Hellebore 'Green Corsican' looks terrific when combined with the airy blue blossoms of Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss) and the bright gold foliage of Hakonechloa Macra 'Aureola' (Hakone Grass).

A Rich Winter Border Idea with Hellebores and Foliage Plants

A delightful color show that will provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter and early spring.

A Treasured Winter Border Idea with Hellebores, Sedge and Dogwood

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.

A Romantic Spring Garden Idea with Peonies, Irises and Flower Bulbs

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 Lovely Spring Border Idea with Peonies and Irises

A border of mixed herbaceous peonies is always an image of beauty and elegance!

A Lovely Spring Border Idea with Peonies

Dreaming of a resting spot where you could surround yourself with fragrance, color and beauty?

A Fragrant Plant Combination Idea For Your Early Spring Garden

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.

Add Sparkles To Your Early Spring Garden

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.

An Exciting Idea For Your Early Spring Garden

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. 

A Flower Carpet for Your Early Spring Garden

Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life! Remember to plant a few Persian Violets and Snowdrops in the fall. Low maintenance, they will naturalize well!

A Cheerful Idea For Your Early Spring Garden

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.

A Sparkling Spring Border Idea with Heaths, Daffodils and Siberian Squill

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.

An Exquisite Long-Lasting Border Idea with Japanese Barberry and Cushion Spurge

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')

An Exquisite Spring Border Idea with Sawara Cypress, Tulips and Muscari

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!

An Exquisite Border Idea with New Zealand Flax, Cushion Spurge and Tulips

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!

An Eye-Catching Border Idea with Allium, Aquilegia and Papaver

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!

A Much Admired Spring Idea with Allium and Laburnum

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.

An Exquisite Border Idea with Tulip 'Spring Green' and Cushion Spurge

Add a welcome splash of sunshine in your spring garden. Combine these 2 award-winning plants.

A Spring Border Idea with Lilac, Columbine and Meadow Rue

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!

A Lovely Spring Border Idea with Siberian Irises and Oriental Poppies

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.

A Lovely Spring Border Idea with Japanese Maples and Flowering Cherry Trees

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'