Perennial Plant Combinations
Extend your garden's interest by combining perennials with exciting characteristics. Perennials have experienced a
resurgence in the latter half of this century. New plant introductions as well as the rediscovery of older varieties has
produced an overwhelming number of selections. Juggling sun, soil, care and cultivation requirements while stringing
together year round color becomes quite a feat.
Combining perennials with basic elements of design in mind adds:
- Color contrasts or compliments
- Fine, medium, or coarse texture
- Foliage contrasts
- Exciting plant forms
'Grape Surprise' Daylily and 'Moonshine'
- Contrasting flower shapes add early summer interest to the garden
- Contrasting colors excite and draw the eye near
- The daylily's yellow throat compliments the yellow red combination
Carex sp., Helleborus
argutifolius, Helleborus sp.,
Crysogonum 'Green and Gold',
and Hydrangea 'Annabelle'
- A simple theme of blue green is found
throughout this composition by Edith Eddleman
at Duke Gardens
- Contrasting foliage holds interest long after
- Thin grassy blades intermix with wide banded leaves.
- Smooth, rounded growth habits mimic flower shapes .
'Astrosanguineum' and Miscanthus
Flower forms contrast well together
- The low spreading growth habit and coarse textured
foliage offer an excellent foil for ornamental grass's fine
textured, rounded growth habit
- Miscanthus's neutral color serves as a good backdrop for
hot colored perennials
Try using some of these suggestions when combining perennials to extend garden interest. By classifying perennials in
categories of flower type, shape, and growth habit, design becomes easier and interesting. Combining plants to achieve
various foliage, texture and flower color compositions will add perennial excitement to your garden.
Try this link to locate specific perennial plant characteristics!
Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to suggest other successful combinations for sun or shade. As always
suggestions on page design are welcome.
Last updated December 3, 1997