9 Beautiful Ideas for Companion Planting
Because plants are happiest when surrounded by their leafy friends, here are some pitch-perfect pairings that are both low-maintenance and low-water
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We might be biased, but members of the Sunset Western Garden Collection
are the perfect candidates for beautiful companion planting. With bright colored foliage and just the right amount of flowers, your landscape will look great year-round.
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Cool As Ice
Silver-gray blades of Festuca glauca
'Beyond Blue' make the perfect foil for the variegated foliage of Lavandula allardii
'Meerlo'. We love this lavender
for its fragrant and brightly-colored leaves.
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A lime green potted pomegranate looks lush and wonderful next to a grass-like Lomandra 'Platinum Beauty'. Additional lime players— Ligustrum sinense 'Sunshine', Carex ‘Everillo’, and Cistus ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ also make appearances. ‘Highlights’ ceanothus adds dark green to the base of the planting.
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Magenta blooms of a Love and Wishes salvia look just smashing against the lime green foliage of a Ligustrum sinense 'Sunshine'. Cheery Santa Barbara daisies soften things up below.
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'Everest', a variegated grass-like perennial
, makes a handsome bed edge for a limey ‘Lemon Lime’ Nandina
and ‘Kaleidoscope’ Abelia
, purple-hued Viburnum
‘Coppertop’, and dark green Camellia sasanqua
‘Orchid’. In the distance, a Nectar Blue salvia shows off its cool blue blooms
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Make It Pop
Salvia Love & Wishes’ nearly glows against a planting of variegated ‘Meerlo’ lavender.
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Purple veronica flowers look perfectly at home growing between blades of Lomandra 'Platinum Beauty'.
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Shades of Blue-Gray
The strappy leaves of a Dianella 'Clarity Blue' are framed perfectly by the blades of similarly-hued Festuca glauca 'Beyond Blue’.
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Succulents and Friends
Pair structural succulents
with similarly low-water perennials for a more sophisticated look. Here, variegated Lavandula allardii
mixes nicely with agave
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Speak for the Trees
A stunning Lagerstroemeria indica 'Delta Fuchsia' is the perfect small tree to mix in with perennials. Here it mingles with a Pittosporum tenuifolium.