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

    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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