There can be a lot to think about when combining plants in your garden. Keeping these basic tips top o’ mind as you assemble your vignette will help you create more memorable scenes.
- Make sure your plants’ cultural needs are a match. This seems obvious, until you get to the nursery and you get swept away by
all the inspiring plant choices you have. So a couple of crucial things to keep in mind are what they need in terms of light and water. Ask yourself: are you growing these plants in the shade, or will they have to withstand
full sun? Do they both need about the same amount of water to thrive?
- Look beyond the flowers. We all love the color and variety that blooms on a plant bring, but that’s only part of the overall
effect. Remember, plants may only bloom for part of the year — how do they look the rest of the year? So pay attention to a plant’s shape, color, and texture when you’re making combos.
- Think foliage. This is really an extension of the previous tip. When you’re planning your garden, remember to emphasize
foliage, and have a goodly portion of your plant vignette be evergreen — or something that peaks in the off-season.
- Shop in different seasons. We all get the gardening bug in the spring, and it’s tempting to do all our garden shopping then.
But if you shop in other seasons, you’re going to
increase your chances of finding plants that hit the high notes in the off-season.
- Keep your maintenance manageable. Almost everyone I’ve worked with has wanted a beautiful garden that didn’t require constant
maintenance. How do you achieve that? One way to do it is to choose long-blooming plants that don't require excessive deadheading or other
upkeep to look their best.
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