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.

Brilliant Cherry Blossoms for my Spring Garden

Flowering cherry trees make a dramatic statement when in full bloom, with their branches smothered by white or pink cherry blossoms. Underplanting them with spring bulbs contributes to an even more spectacular floral display.

Cherry Blossoms and Camassia for my Spring Garden

Flowering cherry trees are typically planted for the majestic yet delicate beauty of their flowers. With flowers resembling a ballerina's petticoat, award-winning Prunus 'Ichiyo' makes a dramatic statement when in full bloom.

A Pretty Plant Combination for Moist Soils: Water Iris, Spurge and Hosta

Brighten a moist area of your garden with this pretty plant combination pairing the fiery blossoms of Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow' (Spurge) with the bluish-purple vertical blossoms of Water Irises (Iris laevigata) and the delightfully fragrant Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' (Plantain Lily). 

A Fabulous Plant Combination for Wet Soils: Water Iris, Carex and Primroses

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

A Fabulous Border Idea with Primula vialii (Orchid Primrose)

Looking for an arresting border idea for your garden that would also be low care and deer resistant? You found it

A Fragrant Spring Border Idea with Tulips, Primula and Daffodils

Imagine your spring garden full of 'Ballerina', 'Apricot Parrot' tulips and fragrant Daffodils over a carpet of sweetly scented, rich yellow Common Cowslip. Lovely, isn't it?

An Eye-Catching Border Idea with Allium, Oriental Poppies and Salvia

Such a spectacular plant combination to cheer you up for weeks and impress your neighbors in late spring - early summer!

A Cheerful Spring Border Idea with Tulip 'Jan Reus' and Daffodil 'Falconet'

For a cheerful displayl! Easy to replicate, this bulb combination includes 2 gardener's favorites that will provide a joyful display to cheer you up and impress your neighbors in mid spring!

An Outstanding Spring Border Idea with 2 Magnificent Alliums

A striking and easy late spring to early summer border!

A Sparkling Spring Border Idea For Your Garden

Want vibrant colors in your late spring garden? An easy bulb combination to replicate? Try this

A Glowing Spring Border with 4 Amazing Tulips

A dazzling splash of color in the late spring garden!

A Spectacular Spring Border Idea with Tulip 'Ballerina' & Tulip 'Purple Dream'

Be prepared for a terrific color explosion in your late spring garden!

A Striking Spring Border Idea with Greigii Tulips and Muscari

Fairly easy to replicate, even for the beginner gardener, long-lived and low care, this spectacular border includes the festive colors of two fabulous multi-flowered tulips, Tulip 'Toronto' and Tulip 'Quebec', elegantly floating atop a blue sea of Muscari armeniacum (Grape Hyacinth).

A Spectacular Spring Border Idea with Tulip 'Ballerina', Tulip 'Gavota' and Daffodils

Such an explosion of color is easy to re-create at home. So get prepared for a dramatic show in your mid-late spring garden!