Better Together: 5 Nearly Perfect Garden Pairings

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Celebrate Valentine's Day in the garden, where plants thrive together in perfect harmony!

When these combinations of perennials and shrubs are planted together, it’s a match made in heaven! Not only do these plants look fabulous next to each other in the garden, but they also bloom simultaneously, require the same soil types, and thrive in the same levels of sunlight. Strong winds, high temperatures, tough soils and more; nothing can tear these garden pairings down. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing our five favorite companion plants and what makes them a perfect match.

Salvia & Yarrow

For Sun

Add rich color to sunny landscapes by planting salvia and yarrow (Achillea) together! One of the biggest things this pair has in common is their durability; both perennials can grow in nearly any soil, withstand strong winds and rain without flopping, and require little pruning.

These summer bloomers are also highly fragrant, with salvia’s foliage bringing an earthy sage scent, while yarrow flowers feature a sweet and aromatic freshness. After planting these two together, you’ll soon find hummingbirds and butterflies flocking to your garden.

Siberian Bugloss & Bleeding Heart

For Shade

Dainty blue flowers and heart-shaped foliage from Siberian Bugloss (Brunnera) compliment the lovely pink heart-shaped blooms displayed on arching foliage from Bleeding Heart (Dicentra) during the springtime. An ideal location for these plants is a cool shade garden with rich soil; just be sure the bugloss receives more consistent watering to keep the soil moist. We love seeing this perfect pairing in cottage and woodland gardens.

There is no need to worry about critters browsing this perfect pair; these perennials are deer and rabbit-resistant. The hearts that emerge from these plants come spring will charm you for years!

Hydrangea & Roses

For Sun

Is there anything more swoon-worthy than the vivid color and fresh fragrance of rose (Rosa) flowers? Enjoying them next to hydrangeas, of course! These sunny shrubs bring flower power to any garden, with the lovely layered rose petals contrasting beautifully with the large hydrangea flower clusters. Remember that these shrubs prefer full-sun environments and benefit from some afternoon shade when planting.

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Hosta & Astilbe

For Shade

Pairing hosta with astilbe is sure to keep your shade garden shining! We love how the colorful fluffy flowers of astilbe, planted near the thick corrugated leaves and mounded habit of hosta, add texture to the landscape. Astilbe and hosta are grown best in organically rich, evenly moist, well-draining soil. Shade gardeners can also attract pollinators like bees and butterflies with this pairing, with hosta flowers appearing during summer at the same time as astilbe blooms and adding to the pollinator appeal.

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Coneflower & Bluebeard

For Sun

If your goal is to make the pollinators “fall in love” with your garden, consider planting coneflower (Echinacea) and bluebeard (Caryopteris) together! This perennial and shrub combination is in it for the long haul, with their colorful blooms lasting all summer, attracting bees, butterflies, and birds who love to feed on coneflower seed heads after bloom. Coneflowers and bluebeard can handle full sun and high temperatures without fading their vivid flower color.

To nurture their relationship, ensure they are planted in an area with at least 6 hours of sunlight and well-drained soil.

Written by: Lindsey Griffith, click here to read bio.

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