We spend a lot of time with plants and time and again get many questions of ‘what goes good with…….’ or if ‘I plant this plant with that plant, will it work?’
Companion plants are plants that we think will work well together. We select them for the ability to grow in similar light and soil conditions but more importantly on how we think the plants will look in the same container or garden bed. These are a good place to start but are by no means the only plants to choose from.
Our Top 10 Premium Color plants are listed below, along with a few choice plants that go particularly well with each.
Argyranthemum Osteospermum, Nemesia, Verbena, Felicia, Foxglove
Bacopa Nemesia, Linaria, Angelonia, Verbena, Odontospermum, Armeria
Calibrachoa Dusty Miller, Vinca, Marigold, Salvia, Trailing Helichrysum
Coleus Ferns, all Impatiens, Begonias, Baby Tears, Ajuga
Dahlia Cosmos, Foxglove, Delphinium, Snapdragons
Double Impatiens Ferns, New Guinea and single Impatiens, Begonia, Coleus, Baby Tears, Ajuga
Lantana Verbena, Cuphea, Helichrysum, Osteospermum, Lavender, Rosemary
Osteospermum Verbena, Heliotrope, Argyranthemum, Felicia, Gazania, Arctotis
Petunia Dusty Miller, Vinca, Marigold, Saliva, Trailing Helichrysum, Calibrachoa
Verbena Angelonia, Argyranthemum, Nemesia, Salvia, Heliotrope, Lavender
We also have a list of our Favorite Garden Plans simple layouts that are designed to give you ideas for your garden beds and outdoor living spaces. We want you to think about how to mix heights, shapes and colors and our plans will cover some basics.
Again these are meant as guidelines and are based on what we like and have seen work, remember there are no wrong answers in design!
When you are laying out a large flower bed that you want to really erupt in color - try to keep plants in clusters of at least 3-5 plants of each variety. By massing color together in groups the effect can be dramatic.
Keep heights in mind while generally we suggest tall plants in background and smaller plants up front, think about how the bed will look from all the angles, and consider stair stepping heights from side to side as well as from back to front.
Best of all it is your garden! You are the designer and you can evolve into any style that brings you joy!