Great ideas for Winning Plant Combinations

Being in the center of colors and scents just makes you feel alive, especially if you tended the garden yourself. Gardeners love color in their yard, but not all plants can thrive well with other plants. Knowing what plants meld well even when planted in the close distance could give your garden an advantage.



Mixing plants of different structures and leaf patterns can balance greenery. Aloe Vera, Adam’s needle, or a fortune plant has long thick leaves sticking out of a single trunk. These monocot plants can be surrounded by low lying shrubs like silvery lamb’s ears, or some lavender-blooming thyme. You can add a third plant with heart-shaped foliage, like the minty-green little auroras. The sharp leaves of the monocot plant are softened with the opposite shapes of the small shrubs or lovely small flowers.





If you don’t want a contrast, you can harmonize the colors of flowers and leaves. Layout a lavender theme, or set a happy orange and yellow atmosphere in your garden. An ornamental cabbage has blue-green edges on the leaves that turn light purple as it goes to the stem. It can be paired with a taller darker plant like a heliotrope which has a dark blue shade or accentuates it with a Pamela harper’s leopard-like foliage.



The various shapes of the flower are a great basis for blending plants. The globe thistles have round blue blooms that would go well with the small yellow nettles that cover its long thin stems. Garden phlox grow in clumps atop a tall stemming growth. It’s good to combine that with a flower with an opposite structure, like a purple coneflower that blooms in individual stems, and whose petals are long and hanging out of a big red bulb. Pairing plants this way gives each flowering plant show off their uniqueness.



Contrasting colors of flowers popping out of the greens boost garden life. You can also use dark red leaves as background to lower flowering shrubs so that even without blooms it’ll still be a visual treat. Purple hearts’ long stemmy shrubs can stand out behind a low licorice plant. Use different colored leaves to brighten shady corners. Eucalyptus can be set in corners, then lay some red and yellow foliaged southern comfort around it, or the coleus watermelon whose leaves are green on the edges, but turn a contrasting red in the middle.



A great horticultural landscape must be about the whole plant and not just flowers. Have a mental diagram of how each plant will accentuate levels and space, whether they’ll be centerpieces or intended to brighten corners.