Let's say you've assembled a palette of plants that you think work well together. It doesn't really matter how you arrived at it—maybe you dreamed it up yourself, or perhaps you followed one of the many road maps to success you'll find here on eGardenGo. Whatever the source of your inspiration, though, getting your plants laid out in an organized and logical fashion can be daunting until you get the hang of it.
Not to worry: I've got your back. In this post, I show seven plants arranged in a variety of different layouts, suited to a variety of garden situations, that you can adapt and use as a guide. The layouts are based on a description of the plants so that, with some practice, you can adjust them to work with a variety of different plants.
IMPORTANT: All the plants in your palette must share the same cultural requirements—i.e. hardiness, exposure, soil and water needs, etc. So if you're searching for plants on eGardenGo, you'll want to make sure to adjust the search filters to reflect your zone and the cultural conditions of your site, so that only plants that'll thrive in your conditions will be included in your results. In addition, you'll want to add on top of these criteria any aesthetic and functional qualities you desire—for example, size and shape, texture and color, persistence of foliage. Is there something you need the plant to DO for you? If so, make sure it's up for the job.
DESCRIBE, THEN SEARCH
The graphic symbols below are used in the planting layouts in the following section and each symbol corresponds to the description of that particular plant. The images and the descriptions link to a search where you can peruse a variety of plants that meet the description. Click through to see even more possibilities for plants that may fit the bill—do be careful to make sure that any that you consider as alternates match the description, paying special attention to size and, as mentioned above, the cultural requirements.
Seven Different Planting Plans
Flip through the slide carousel to see the seven plants laid out in a variety of different ways. An important consideration is whether your garden scene will be viewed only from one side or will you be able to walk all around it?
Plant Palette #1
This planting combination has a planting plan with SEVEN different layout options available to download for a small fee. Even if you don't anticipate planting this combination in your garden, examining the layouts is an excellent way to get a sense of how this method works. Click through for details!
Plant Palette #2
Plant Palette #3