Plant Combinations and Inspiration from Plant Paradise Country Gardens

Plant Combinations at plant Paradise Country Gardens

February 13, 2019 – Gardener’s Journal – Gardens are ever evolving living creations that change for many reasons and change is always inevitable.

The reasons are plentiful… It may have been a harsh winter and the garden suffered some losses. Plants may have started to fill in their allotted space. Maybe you just need a change and the garden requires some updating. I look at this as an opportunity to create new and even more exciting plant combinations.

Each year I try to take as many photos as possible, so that I can look at the garden (usually in the winter) from an artist’s perspective. I can assess these photos at a later date to see what worked and what may require improvement, even if it is subjective. I embrace change because it gives me the opportunity to create even better plant combinations and gardens. It’s your garden so do what amuses you and keeps you gardening.

Throughout the growing season the garden experiences the dynamic power of the life force which requires us to stop and observe the subtle changes that happen minute by minute, hour by hour and daily. Photographs capture these moments.  Since writing my second book, Spectacular Plant Combinations for the Perennial Garden, I have taken new photos to fill the pages of many books. 

Below are some of these plant combinations from the botanical gardens at Plant Paradise Country Gardens.


Plant Combination at Plant Paradise Country Gardens

Bells, buttons and spires combine beautifully in this plant combination of Veronica ‘Perfectly Picasso’, Monarda ‘Blue Moon’ and Campanula ‘Sarastro’. The colours work harmoniously together.


Plant Combinations at Plant Paradise Country Gardens

The frothy white flowers of Thalictrum with Hosta ‘Regal Splendor’ and Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’ make a calm and soothing, part shade plant combination. This garden receives only a few hours of morning sun.


Plant combination for sun

Monarda ‘Bubblegum Blast’ and Nepeta ‘Purrsian Blue’ create a long-blooming plant combination that provides nectar for all the pollinators – bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. The compact size of these cultivars make a perfect plant combination.


Plant combination for sun

Amsonia ‘Blue Ice‘ with Veronica ‘Enchanted Indigo’ make a great plant combination with their uniquely different flower shapes.


Plant Combination for sun

Hemerocallis (daylily) ‘Peach Magnolia’ with Echinacea Kismet ‘Intense Orange’ make a plant combination that is an exciting highlight to summer.


Plant Combination for fall

This late summer – fall plant combination makes a big bold statement with Hibiscus ‘Jazzberry Jam’, Miscanthus ‘Malepartus’ and Artemisia ‘Guizhou’. The green leaves of Miscanthus ‘Giganteus’ form a backdrop to the composition.


plant combination for shade

This shade plant combination receives only a couple hours of morning sun. The Heuchera ‘Forever Purple’ provides a contrast to the variegated yellow and green foliage of Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ ornamental grass. The long-blooming coral-red coloured flowers of Heuchera ‘Paris’ make everything pop. Great Solomon Seal provides a green backdrop and early spring interest. This plant combination looks great all season long.


Spectacular Plant Combinations for the Perennial Garden - book

My book, Spectacular Plant Combinations for the Perennial Garden, provides the fundamentals of flower form, colour and design techniques that I have used to create the award winning botanical gardens at Plant Paradise Country Gardens. There are over 100 plant combinations for sun and shade to inspire your gardening creativity. 

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Lorraine Roberts
Lorraine Roberts is a lifelong organic gardener, environmental advocate and educator for sustainable gardening methods, horticulturist, garden designer, photographer and author of two books: A Recipe for Continuous Bloom & Spectacular Plant Combinations for the Perennial Garden. Lorraine and her husband Robert are the creators and owners of the multi-award winning botanical garden and organic perennial nursery - Plant Paradise Country Gardens located in Caledon, Ontario, Canada. Every spring you'll find Lorraine in the greenhouse potting the thousands of perennials they grow and sell at Plant Paradise Country Gardens.

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