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Designing Great Combos with Your Favorite Plants

Plants such as coleus, hosta, clematis, conifers, roses, and grasses are beloved by many. Follow the links below for advice on designing great combos with these timeless favorites. Happy gardening!

For more design inspiration, see Fine Gardening‘s Plant Combinations, Vol. 4.
Designing with Annuals
For maximum impact all season long, take advantage of your plants’ vibrant colors, textures, and forms. See four bed designs with the plants identified.  Read more…
4 Ways to Design with Coleus
If you’re having trouble finding the right plant for the right place, this versatile performer offers a multitude of options.   Read more…


Designing with Hostas
As easy as hostas are to grow, they can be a bit tricky to work into a design. Get the most from these perennial favorites by following some simple strategies.   Read more…


Clematis with Everything
An avid collector uses shrubs and perennials as living trellises for  flowering clematis vines.   Read more…


Composing with Conifers
For a dynamic look, contrast different shapes and colors.   Read more…


Landscaping with Antique Roses
Instead of creating a rose garden, plant a garden that contains roses.   Read more…


Designing with Grasses
Whether you are growing woody plants and perennials, annuals, alpine plants, tropicals, or succulents, we can help you put together the perfect mix.   Read more…
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