Spring planting ideas
There are many easy to grow garden favourite plants that make great border plants and re readily available in garden centres and on line . Every garden and gardener is diferent so again its a pick and mix of spring flowering plants.
Ideas for summer planting combinations
This is a lovely spring combination, Aquilegia 'Swan-Lavender' with Euonymus fortunei Emerald Goldand Rhododendron luteum. Creates a really bright yellow statement in the border and all are very easy to grow.
Aquilegia, common name columbine, easy with spring perinnal with delicate flowers. The true beauty of the Aquilegia is not fully shown in the image check out growing Aquligia. Euonymus is a common garden shrub which means it can get overlooked but many varities have really strong varigatied leaves. It is evergreen and fully hardy.
The Rhododendron is decidous but has the real bonus of being scented. In common with all Rhododendrons it needs acid soil to thrive.
Clematis look good with so many plants in combinations, and on their own as a specimen plant but they are not the easiest of plants to grow. For detailed advice on planting, growing and pruning clematis. Image left shows the early flowering Clematis montana with spring flowering Alliums.
Clematis montana is one of the easier clematis to grow because it only needs pruning when it has grown too large. Unlike the group 2 & 3 clematis which need regular pruning C. montana does not so if you don't like pruning this is the Clematis for you.
Clematis mix well with most garden plants and are especially associated with Roses which is a hard combination to maintain requiring time with pruning. There are over 200 species of clematis with specialist web sites and growers to give advice.
Alliums look fabulous with many spring flowers as the following images show. Alliums are easy to grow and once planted they will come up relaibily each year.
In the image Allium hollandicum 'purple sensation' is planted with Euphorbia palustri, a really strong combination of lime green and purple.
|In this image a different type of effect from planting Allium with Camassia soft blues and purples. Camassia are also a bulb, tolerant of most soils including damp soil and they will tolerate parital shade. The only drawback is that they are ** hardy so many not survive a bad winter and are best with a good mulch before the cold weather.|
|Still with Allium this is A. Spring plant combination allium christophii with has a lovely spiky flower head that looks very stylist and is combined with the yellow, red and orange hues of Pimula 'harlow car' both are very easy to grow and look lovely in the spring border . Primula are a very wide ranging group of plants and worth checking out as they are long flowering and come in many different colours and sizes; the Harlow car varieties are especially nice a tall candelabra variety.|
Plant combinations Geranium (Cranesbill) and Achemilla mollis (Lady's Mantle)
A really easy combination of plants both of which are perennials and fully hardy. A contrasting combination of purple and lime green. The purple flower is a hardy Geranium, which will grow in most soil conditions including light shade; further growing information on Geraniums. The lime green is Achemilla mollis, again easy to grow, possibly too easy as a bit of a self seeder but equally easy to remove where it is not wanted. Further growing information on Achemilla.