Create the garden you dream of—with a little help from your friends at eGardenGo!
This planting plan will unlock the secret behind the pretty picture!
The internet is loaded with gorgeous photos of dreamy gardens. While inspiring and pretty to look at, ultimately they're not very helpful, are they? Well, no more—help is on the way!
Sun-Loving Combination with Zippy Foliage and Flower
These plants were carefully selected to work perfectly together by garden design guru, Darcy Daniels, creator of eGardenGo and designer with Bloomtown® Gardens.
Strongly contrasting burgundy and yellow foliage and red blooms make a zippy statement in this simple vignette of drought tolerant plants. This planting combination has good all-season structure thanks to the strong vertical form of the Swane's Golden Italian Cypress, the golden foliage of Abelia 'Kaleidoscope', and the copper toned tufts of Carex testacea on the ground.
The floral show is carried by the vibrant red blooms that cover the flower carpet rose all summer. The smokebush offers up a pleasing sequence; starting with richly colored burgundy foliage in spring, billowing flowers in summer from which its name is derived, and a good display of fall color. This planting scheme makes a nice deciduous screen as drawn, or adapt the planting schematic to a hell strip by adjusting for visibility from both sides, and to fit a longer, more narrow space.
What you'll get:
- PDF file (letter-size pages)
- Plan-view schematics showing location and quantity of each plant
- Use the quantities listed on each plan as a shopping list
Bed Sizes Available
- 8 x 16' rectangular bed designed to be viewed from one side
- 8 x 16' rectangular bed viewed from both sides
- Ell-shaped bed with 15' legs, designed to be viewed from all sides
- Ell-shaped bed with 15' legs, designed to be viewed from inside the curve
- and an 12' x 20' island bed designed to be viewed from all sides.
What next? Tips for Using This Plan
Print your file, then take it to your local nursery for assistance in selecting and purchasing the plants on the list.
The PDF files have live URL links that click-through to more information that can be found on the eGardenGo website about each of the plants and combinations.
If you're feeling a little less DIY-ey, you may want to partner with a garden pro from your area. This planting plan is conceptual—no garden is exactly like the drawing—if you choose to work with a pro, they'll be able to quickly and easily adapt this planting concept to your particular site and situation.