There's no one-way approach to the garden-making process. When deciding what to plant with what in my garden I find that I’m typically approaching it in one of two ways.
- I have a landscape need or a garden desire
- I start with a particular plant
For example: I need to screen an unsightly view; I have an empty container and I'm looking to fill it with an awesome plant combo for all-summer color; I’ve got a client who's overrun with deer and we need plants that are deer resistant; and so on.
Other times I've selected a plant that I want to grow and now I’m looking to build a vignette for my garden that's not only beautiful but uses accompanying plants that want the same growing conditions as the plant I’m starting with.
eGardenGo is a great help in both instances.
If you're approaching the site from the perspective of having a particular garden situation you're working with, you might prefer to search the library of plant combos based on your needs.
Perhaps you have a pretty good sense of the characteristics of the plant that would be a match to what you're looking for. For instance, let's say you've determined that an evergreen plant, with a rounded form, blue foliage, and fine texture would be a good match for a particular spot in your garden. In that instance, you could search the plant database on exactly those criteria and be presented with some possible plant choices.
Alternatively you can start with a plant by browsing eGardenGo for a plant that catches your eye and is a match for the growing conditions you have in your garden. When you find something you like, delve deeper and you'll be rewarded with planting combination ideas that include this plant.
Exploring eGardenGo site can be so much fun that you may lose track of plants or combos that catch your eye. So make sure you use the "FAVORITES" feature liberally and often, to ensure they don't get away. The process is quite intuitive, but I've also created a short video clip to demonstrate how to do this.
Ideas and Inspiration to Get You Started!