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Creating Attractive Plant Partnerships in Your Garden

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Creating attractive plant partnerships is the key to creating an attractive garden bed. In deciding which plants to group together, it is important to consider the following:

  • Grouped plants should share the same light and water requirements.
  • Plants should be of various heights and provide a variety of shapes and textures to add interest to the garden.
  • Choose plants that complement or contrast each other in color, while maintaining the integrity of your overall color palette (see our previous post).
  • Consider the plant’s role in your gardenscape; a single, large or particularly stunning plant can serve as a focal point where as many flowers make a bolder statement in massed plantings.

Before digging, place plant pots in different configurations in your garden bed until you are satisfied with the overall appearance. Remember to check plant tags for information about spacing so you allow the proper amount of growing room between plants. When planting your garden, allow for the mature size of each plant to avoid crowding the plants as they grow. Don’t be afraid to get creative. The nice thing about gardening is that you can always dig up a plant and move it!

To get your creative juices flowing, consider these attractive plant partnerships:

In a partially shaded area, pair three or four varieties of Hosta, choosing different leaf sizes and colors for variety, with fronds of Hearty Fern and the bright red feathery blooms of Astilbe.

For a sunny space, pair the purple spires of Agastache with the red and pink pom-pom blooms of Armeria and the charming purple-flowered Lisianthus.

And don’t forget to clean up your garden from time to time. For more tips, click here