If you are a gardener or a lover of plants I’m sure you have leafed through books or wandered around other gardens and thought how wonderful the planting combinations are that they have created.
Over the years I have been visiting gardens I’ve taken so many photos of colour and shape combinations thinking that I’ll look at them for inspiration when planting up a new area of the garden. But I never do. I forget. And that is a shame, to waste all that information.
So in the spirit of trying to learn and remember to look at all those photos I thought I’d share a few planting combinations from here in my own garden.
This one I love for the contrast between the yellow/lime of the Alchemilla and the blue of the Campanula with the added interest in both leaf and colour of the Senecio.
This combination was a total accident. We bought the creamy white Lavender recently and just sat it down on the patio right next to the hosta. The tiny purple flowers nestled within the flower spikes pick up perfectly on the traditional lavender flowers you can see in the background and the hosta pulls the two together. So pretty and cottage garden-y.
In design terms you wouldn’t put two plants side by side with the same sorts of flower. These two, Sisyrinchium and Linaria have spikes of flowers so both similar in shape and form but I adore the delicate pink and the buttery yellow together. Sometimes you have to break the rules.
Here is another total accident as the foxglove self seeded but I think the vibrant blue of the Delphinium and the pink of the Digitalis go together great with a subtle white tinge in each flower that ties them together.
And finally more of a foliage group although the Spirea is flowering its socks of at the moment. Spirea, Cotinus coggygria and Pieris japonica. Each leaf different and proving a contrast for the others.
What combinations do you love in your garden?