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:

'Grape Surprise' Daylily and 'Moonshine' Yarrow

Carex sp., Helleborus argutifolius, Helleborus sp., Crysogonum 'Green and Gold', and Hydrangea 'Annabelle'

Persicaria amplexicaule 'Astrosanguineum' and Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'

Flower forms contrast well together

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.

Good Luck!

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Last updated December 3, 1997