design a breathtaking spring combo
Whether you have a formal garden or one with a more casual style, it’s the hardworking plant combinations that spice things up and keep the plantings looking great all season long. Don’t let complicated-sounding design terms get in the way of creating beautiful combos for your garden. To design breathtaking combos use this simple formula:
Pair plants that have colors, forms and textures that, while compatible, are still different enough to be interesting.
Take this cool spring planting, for example.?The blend of blue-violet perennial salvia, red-violet allium and purple bearded iris in the photo is beautiful. But what makes this vignette really eye-catching is the contrast in the textures of the plants. A plant’s texture is the combination of the shape and relative size of its leaves. The ferny amsonia on the right sets off the bolder foliage of the not-yet-blooming ‘David’ garden phlox and strappy leaves of the allium in the front.