It's not uncommon to hear gardeners dismissively declare that they dislike a particular plant, accusing it of being pedestrian, old-fashioned, ubiquitous, or unimaginative.
Common plants are typically common because they are easy to grow and easy to use successfully. They’re doers; reliable and trustworthy, and they’ve been around forever. And yes, there are probably lots of instances of it being grown poorly and/or in uninteresting ways.
But I challenge the assertion that these are "bad" plants and suggest instead that they just need the right partner to bring out their best qualities. Like a carefully assembled ensemble cast, a successful planting vignette is a result of the combined effect of the selected individuals, stronger together than each alone.
Paired with a more engaging partner, a ho-hum plant can be energized, updated and given a modern makeover, and before you know it — voila! You have a plant combo worth growing.
Browse the eGardenGo web app for creative planting combinations that rely on common, easy-to-grow plants such as pink coneflower, Autumn Joy stonecrop, Viburnum davidii, Rozanne hardy geranium, and more!