Cool Plants, Great Combo! Now What?
This planting plan unlocks the secrets behind the pretty picture!
The interwebs (yes, our site too) are 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!
Mixed Bed with Fine Foliage and Fun Flowers
These seven plants were carefully selected to work perfectly together by garden design guru, Darcy Daniels, creator of eGardenGo and designer with Bloomtown® Gardens.
Thanks to a foliage-first focus and a few carefully selected bloomers, this combo looks great from spring to fall—and it's no slouch in winter thanks to the handsome evergreen foliage of Bupluerum fruticosum and Picea pungens 'Ruby Teardrops'.
Color play includes a surprising color echo; the ruby-colored new growth of the conifer is quite unusual and as showy as flowers. It's played up by the Forest Pansy redbud tree and a carpet of Sedum 'Dragon's Blood' which round out the burgundy scene. An easy care shrub rose and Agastache provide summer color. The overall color scheme is a balance of muted silver, blue, and peach played against the more colorful; red-to-burgundy with a splash of orange. Intermingle drifts of the thick and wooly carpet of the lambs ears and with the sedum for an attractive, drought-tolerant, multi-colored, weed-smothering groundcover._______________________________________________________
Download this file for a clear, easy-to-follow plan for installing this garden at home. You'll get a to-scale drawing with placement and quantities of plants clearly identified.
What you'll get:
- PDF file (2 letter-size pages)
- Plan-view schematic showing location and quantity of each plant
- Bed size = 30 feet x 10 feet
- Layout of plants assumes that the garden is 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.
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.