Perfect Partnerships

This time of year is perfect for planting your favourite summer combinations and schemes. If you have not done so already, make sure you get your colour arrangements in order, get your typing fingers out and have a look on the Hayloft website to pack your summer beds and borders with gorgeous, rare and unusual plants. 



When choosing the right plants for your garden, you need to make sure that they are suitable to the conditions that exist already.  

For example, make sure that shade-loving varieties are put together in shady spots of the garden and that likewise, sun-loving varieties are positioned in sunny spots. 

PERFECT PARTNERSHIPS

Along with the aspect, there are other factors that need to be considered when finding the perfect planting partnership. The first is to ensure that your plants mature height and spread will complement one another. Taller plants with flower spikes provide contrasting structure in the border when planted next to more bushy plants. Low-growing plants can make the perfect low-level interest, covering the stems of tall plants behind and creating an attractive gradient of flowers. 
The second element to consider is the flowering period. Make sure you choose varieties that will flower at the same time as one another so to make the most of their complementary colour and texture. 

Thirdly, consider your colour scheme and choose varieties that will not only go well with one another but also that will go well with your existing planting schemes.
Below are some great summer garden plant combinations with all of the above considered:

DAHLIA, helenium & persicaria 

Absorb the shear marvel and beauty of the colour, texture and shape of these blooms that'll transform your summer borders. This combination sees harmonization between  three gorgeous varieties each decorated in their own unique tones and shades. 

Dahlia XXL Veracruz

Dahlia Veracruz are showstopping blooms flush with pink and etched with markings of cerise.


Helenium Moerheim Beauty

Helenium Moerheim Beauty brings hot tones along with a gorgeous textural balance. 

Persicaria Pink Elephant 

Beautiful clump-forming persicaria will flower in abundance from midsummer to autumn, complementing the above blooms in both colour and stature.  


NERINE, AGAPANTHUS & LILY


Nerine bowdenii

Nerine bowdenii hold up to 10 glorious pink blooms with stunning re-curved petals and lance-shaped foliage, the perfect addition to a late summer/autumn planting scheme.

Agapanthus Twister

Beautiful bold trumpet-shaped flowers form a stunning display from July to September, held on stately, strong stems and decorated further by glorious strap-shaped foliage. 



Lily Muscadet

Lily Muscadet is a gorgeous variety that will look stunning against the above nerine and agapanthus. White trumpet-shaped flowers with pink freckles will flourish in beds or borders from July to August. 


ASTER, CROCOSMIA & PHYSOCARPUS



Aster Helen Picton

Asters are a divine addition to any garden, bursting into a frenzy of form and colour. Daisy-like flower illuminate beds and borders right into the depths of autumn. 


Crocosmia Orange Pekoe
Vibrant orange tones of crocosmia orange pekoe will blow you away when partnered with the bright purple blooms of the aster. Your autumn gardens will be on fire with these arching sprays of bright, luxuriant blooms. 



Physocarpus Midnight

As if you needed yet more dramatics in the garden, physocarpus midnight brings stunning almost black foliage to provide desirable contrast and depth. Voluptuous black berries will provide additional interest to your autumnal garden.

ERYSIMUM, ARTEMISIA & PHLOMIS

Erysimum Bowles Mauve
Erysimum bowles mauve are the perfect summer bloom, flowering prolifically throughout the summer and into autumn in dark shades of purple. 



Artemisia schmidtiana Nana

A divine silver-leaved perennial that looks as though it has been coated in a light dusting of icing sugar. This will look gorgeous against any chosen companion. 


Phlomis russeliana 
Make an incredible and dramatic statement with stately clusters of lemon-yellow blooms, embellished by stunning heart shaped foliage. When planted with Erysimum and Artemisia, they are certain to leave you in awe. 


What perfect planting partnerships have you adopted in your garden? Let us know! I hope you have been inspired by this week's blog if you were planning on created a new planting scheme this year.

Have a wonderful weekend Haylofters!


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