Flowery Plant Combo for Full Sun

The central, anchor plant in this combination is the Diabolo ninebark (Physocarpus o. 'Diabolo'). This fast-growing shrub features dark, chocolate-brown foliage that sets off sprays of creamy-white flowers in late-spring to early summer. As the flowers mature, they transform into attractive red seed heads, extending the season of interest significantly.

The surrounding plants—Cedrus d. 'Divinely Blue', Thuja o. 'Autumn Moon', and the frothy plumes of variegated moor grass—play a crucial role by providing lighter coloring. This contrast prevents the ninebark's darkness from turning the arrangement into a black hole.

The selection of flowering perennials aims for an extended blooming season, offering not only beautiful flowers but also attracting hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinators. These perennials come in various flower shapes and colors. Don't be afraid to consider substitution ideas for the echinacea, penstemon, and daylily—numerous varieties can work equally well. Look for a match in terms of the plant's size and coloring, and you'll be good to go. Teaming up with Rosa c. 'Mutabilis', these blooming perennials guarantee colorful flowers from spring through fall.

While this vignette provides interest for a solid three season, its winter display is not exceptionally strong. Keep this in mind when deciding on its placement and orientation in your garden.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Afternoon Sun
Water Needs: Average, Low, Occasional, Drought-tolerant

Design Considerations

Style: Naturalistic, Northwest Eclectic, Wildlife Friendly, Waterwise
Features: Attracts Pollinator, Drought Tolerant, Flower Fest, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Wildlife Friendly
Focus: Cutting Garden, Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Saving Water, Native and Habitat
Seasons of Interest: Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Spring, Summer, Three Seasons of Interest, Winter, Year-round Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium
Maintenance Tasks: Deadheading, Divide Plants to Rejuvenate

Plants In this Combo