Education, News  |  March 8th, 2018

11 Exciting Plant Combinations for Your Garden | Kinghorn Gardens

Your landscape should be more than a collection of plants, it should be an exciting place to make memories with loved ones that also captivates the senses with every new season. Here are just a few of our favorite exciting plant combinations that will really make a statement in your garden.

Fothergilla & Snowdrops Anemone

Fothergilla Bloom Time: April to May
Snowdrops Anemone Bloom Time: April

This low maintenance plant combination loves part-shade. If you enjoy white in your garden, this combo is for you. Snowdrops anemone will transition to white, woolly seed heads and repeat bloom may occur in the cooler weather of early autumn. Fothergilla flowers are fragrant and the leaves often turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and red in the fall.

Tulips, Grape Hyacinth & Prairie Smoke

Tulip Bloom Time: Varying
Grape Hyacinth Bloom Time: April
Prairie Smoke Bloom Time: May to July
These three plants love full sun to part shade and require very minimal care. We love how this combination includes varying heights and pops of color in early spring. Do you feel like winter stretches on and on forever year after year? These early bloomers will get you to spring sooner!

Gladiator Allium & Catmint

Galdiator Allium Bloom Time: May to June
Catmint Bloom Time: April to September

This combo loves full sun to part shade and is very easy to care for. Gladiator Allium creates a whimsical, dramatic statement with perfect, globe shaped flowers and catmint has a long bloom time extending into the fall. You know we really just love this pair because they’re purple!

Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan & Calamintha

Coneflower Bloom Time: June to August
Black-Eyed Susan and Calamintha Bloom Time: June to September

Another combo that requires little care and loves full sun to part shade. If you love bees and butterflies, you need to consider adding this triple stunner to your garden.

Dakota Pinnacle Birch & Blue grama

Dakota Pinnacle Birch Bloom Time: March to April
Blue grama Bloom Time: June to August

Blue grama loves the sun and will need very little care. Dakota Pinnacle Birch enjoys full sun to part shade and will require moderate care. We really enjoy the fall colors of this pair and the striking white trunks birch trees possess.

Stonecrop & Yarrow

Stonecrop Bloom Time: September to October
Yarrow Bloom Time: June to September

Both of these plants love full sun! This pair will require care, mostly the yarrow. Stonecrop features star-like flowers which emerge pink that gradually changes to deep rose-red and then coppery-rust in autumn. Yarrow is noted for producing fern-like, aromatic, medium green foliage and tiny, long-lasting, white flowers.

Hosta & Fern

Hasta Bloom Time: July to August
Fern Bloom Time: Nonflowering

We love this combo for the complimentary textures and simplicity! These woodland garden rockstars will need little care and enjoy part-shade to full-shade. Hostas are primarily grown for their ornamental foliage and include bell-shaped flowers that bloom in late spring or summer. Even without flowers, ferns are still loved for their textured leaves.

Little Lime Hydrangea & Plumbago

Little Lime Hydrangea and Plumbago Bloom Time: July to September

This plant combination loves full sun to part shade and creates a stunning color combination, Little Lime Hydrangea being a soft, light green that matures to pink and burgundy in the fall while, in contrast, plumbago is a deep blue.

Little Bluestem & Butterfly Weed

Little Bluestem Bloom Time: August to February
Butterfly Weed Bloom Time: June to August

Sun-loving pair that will require little care. Bluestem is very exciting with a tinge of blue at the base. This ornamental grass changes to purplish-bronze in August this is followed by attractive silvery-white seed heads which often persist into winter. The bright orange flower of butterfly weed is a stunning pop of color against bluestem.

Joe-Pye Weed & Shenandoah Switch Grass

Joe-Pye Weed Bloom Time: July to September
Shenandoah Switch Grass Bloom Time: July to February

A low maintenance combo that loves full sun to part shade! It also creates beautiful interest in the garden during the winter months. Joe-Pye Weed is made up of tiny vanilla-scented, dull pinkish-purple flowers that bloom in mid-summer to early fall. The flowers attract butterflies and also transition to attractive seed heads which remain well into winter. Switch grass features medium green leaves that turn yellow (sometimes with orange tints) in autumn, fading to tan-beige in winter. Its foliage cluster is topped in mid-summer by finely-textured, pink-tinged, branched flower panicles which hover over the foliage like an airy cloud.

Switchgrass and Blazing Star

Switchgrass Bloom Time: July to February
Blazing Star Bloom Time: August to October

This pair will need full sun to part shade and blazing star will require some attention. The purple bloom of blazing star is very exciting and holds up beautifully surrounded by switchgrass.

 Our designers love creating complimentary plant combinations that will do well in your unique garden spaces. Contact us to discuss the best combinations for your garden.








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