Buying one speculator plant is easy. Putting plants together into a beautiful garden is more complicated. All gardeners want to create beautiful landscape combinations. However, a lot goes into combining plants into combinations that works well together. One needs to consider season of interest, sun exposure, hardiness, maintenance, water needs, color themes, soil type/drainage/pH, herbaceous/evergreen ratios, and garden styles.
At Heinz, we've taken the guesswork out of plant selection by only stocking plants that thrive in our area and conveniently located in categories around the Garden Center, such as sun perennials and shade perennials. Ask any Associate to help you put together a "winning garden combination" and/or follow these handy tips below:
Tip #1 - Use plants that create a step down approach with the tallest plants in the back (trees or taller shrubs), medium-sized plants in the middle (moderate shrubs or grasses), and smaller plants in the front or border (perennials, annuals).
Tip #2 - Use a mixed of deciduous (lose all leaves with frost) and evergreen plants (retains leaves year round), such as a 50:50 to 70:30 ratio. Deciduous plants - such as leafy trees and shrubs - offer colors and flowers that add excitement to the garden. Evergreen plants - such as pine, spruce, arborvitae - provide structure to the garden, plus provide winter interest.
Tip #3 - Plant in groups or clusters of odd-numbered plants. Don't line plants up in a row like soldiers, let them flow and weave in and out of each other. Groupings should be repeated throughout the garden or landscape, like patches on your grandmother's quilt, and do not need to be symmetrical. The only time to plant one of something is if it is a focal point, designed to make a bold statement.