The second part of our blog into what you can plant alongside each other in your garden looks at shady spots, shape and color combinations, and the best overall pairings that really go well together. These tips are sometimes well documented and some are just ideas to be bold and to make your garden stand out from all the rest. We start with what you should look at planting in shady areas of your garden.
Don’t Ignore the Shade
Just because one area of your garden is sitting in the shade does not mean you should ignore it and nothing will ever grow there. You can transform shaded areas into something of beauty if you know what to plant. There is an array of annual and perennial plants that can exist and flourish in the shade that will add an extra wow factor to a former barren place. Try planting Japanese hakone grass together with verdant green sweet woodruf and perhaps chartreuse-leaf varieties. The combinations of colors and shapes are just made for each other and will flourish in the shade in any garden.
A Shady Pair
Two plants that are just made to go together and can bloom in the shade are astilbe and hosta. Astilbes come in many colors and they form quite unique fern type spires which balance perfectly against the large leaves of hosta. Planted en mass they provide a superb color and shape combination that is perfect for any shaded area and will form a beautiful section of your garden.
Mix Up Your Shapes
Not just contrasting colors can be used together for great effect, different shapes also provide a wow factor for any outdoor space. One such combination is the dainty stalks of husker red penstemon combined with the trumpet shaped flowers of Stella d ore. Mixing up the shapes of your blooms allows you to plant your own living and growing bouquet, and will give a real professional impression to your garden.
Select Shades of One Color
A great idea for a theme is to select a color and then pick flowers of different shades of that color and plant them together. For instance, if you were to opt for a blue theme you could plant foxglove, allium, sea lavender, delphinium and agapanthus. The effect you would achieve would be five shades of blue, lavender and purple that match perfectly and would form a stunning combination planted together in one area.
Don’t Forget Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas are quite overlooked as they are often being planted with no thought to their integration in the garden whatsoever. But if used say as a partner together with border flowers then they take on a different dimension. Hydrangeas can be successfully used with phlox, lythrum, torenia, begonia, sweet alyssum and marigold. We end our blog on the musing of the benefits of hydrangeas and how you can make better use of them in a landscaped design in your garden. All the color, shape and size of plant combinations we have discovered can be adopted in any size or shape of garden. For dramatic results try experimenting yourself to find out new combinations that will bring your garden that extra dimension.