Combining Plants

The art (and science) of putting plants together for a look that pleases you.

Fence of Flowers

Pretty Vignette

Pink roses form the \"upper story\" of a look that includes purple (salvia) and chartreuse (lady's mantle).

Landscaping With Hostas

Same Species, Different Colors

An appealing blend of greens and yellows provides the interest in this hosta collection and focuses the attention on individual plants. The repetition of smoky green-blue creates a rhythm in the garden bed.

Asiatic Lily and Paprika Yarrow Combination

Same Color, Different Plants

Another pleasing combination: this Asiatic lily shares the same hue of 'Paprika' yarrow — the different foliage and texture provide the contrast. Posted by RMSer growingpassion

Colorful Flower Garden

Variations on a Theme

Give your garden a cohesive look by using the same color combinations — with different plants — in other parts of the garden. Mixtures of salvias, garden phlox and grasses create this variation on the purple, pink and chartreuse theme. Successful garden beds depend on marrying plants that have similar needs for light and water.

Flowering Garden Pathj

Complementary Colors

Purple (salvia) and orange (lilies), near-opposites on the color wheel, provide a high-contrast perimeter for this garden walkway. Posted by RMSer ricmarwyo

Flowering Container Gardens

A Riot of Color

RMSer composthappens created an eye-popping focal point with her blend of colorful plants and bright containers. Plants include geraniums, creeping jenny, alyssum, lobelia, nasturtiums, petunias and Lamium.

Colorful Succulent Groundcover

Sweet Succulents

Blues, greens and chartreuses form a beautiful mosaic in this bed of sedums.

Small Garden With Hosta Plants

Color and Rythm

Avoid using too many different types of plants in a small space. Hostas and hydrangeas form the bones of this beautiful garden. Posted by RMSer sd319

Perennial Gardens Can Provide A Full Season of Color

Pretty Bones

While planning for a riot of color in the low, middle and upper stories of your garden, spend some time making sure you're happy with its \"bones\" — the broadleaf evergreens and conifers that frame the landscape in any season and give it life in winter.

Flower Garden with Metal Decor Photo by kennie_caper

Plan for Succession of Flowers

While these lilies come into their peak of bloom, other perennials nearby are forming buds. Posted by RMSer kennie_caper

Garden With a Combination of Flowers

A mass of coreopsis highlights the purple stokesia in RMSer blondegardener's garden. Also seen here: variegated phlox, daisies and bee balm. Get more options for yellow flowers and foliage.

Fall into Fabulous Garden

Plan for the Seasons

Map out your garden plan so that you have at least a few things in bloom in spring, summer and fall. Plants like rudbeckias and daylilies, plus late-blooming salvias, sedums and hydrangeas can keep the garden blooming from midsummer to fall. Garden photo posted by RMSer coastal gardener

Plant Varieties

RMSer paint me green created a tapestry of pink and purple accents in this beautiful garden design.

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