How to Pair Your Plants
One question we hear all the time is, “how do I know which plants to pair up in my garden?” We get it…with so many different species of plants, creating a cohesive garden can be a somewhat daunting task. We want you to take the beauty of St. Williams home with you, that’s why we’ve come up with this simple guide to help you get started on pairing your plants. Let’s get started.
Did we say simple, or what? The first way to pair up your plants is the most obvious, but doesn’t always occur to some people. There’s no need to overcomplicate things, try pairing up some plants based on their colour scheme. If the colour of two plants is pleasing to look at, then they’ll add some immediate flare to your garden for sure! Take St. John’s Wort (Hypericum ascyron) and Canada Anemone (Anemone canadensis) for example. The bright yellow pistil of the Canada Anemone is highlighted by the vibrant petals of St. John’s Wort. People passing by won’t be able to help but glance at your beautiful, colourful garden if you plant these or a similar pairing together!
Pair by Height
Think photo day at school – tallest in the back, shortest in the front. There’s a reason photographers do this, right? The same basic principle can be applied when planning out your garden. It’ll be difficult to see any low growing plants if they’re planted amongst other plants of a similar height, and if you want to be able to quickly pick out what you’ve grown, that just won’t do. Take this ‘low grow meadow’ garden for instance. Side-Oats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) – standing at 2.5’ tall – has been planted in the back. In the middle, we have Upland White Aster (Solidago ptarmicodes) – coming in at an average of 1.5’ – and finally, Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) – sitting at just around 1’ – has been planted in the foreground for everyone to see. This style of pairing not only shows off a variety of colours, but leads the eye from the tallest plants, right down to the delicious Wild Strawberry, ending on it’s succulent, red fruit.
Pair to Attract
If you want to add another element to your garden entirely, consider planting not only for yourself, but our friends the pollinators as well. In this example, we can see that Brown Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), and Field Pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta) have been planted to attract butterflies to the garden. Each of these plants is a favourite of pollinators and planting them together will nearly triple the likelihood that you’ll see some fluttering guests in your garden. Butterflies aren’t the only pollinator in need of a place to rest and feed though. Check out our piece on pollinators right HERE for other plants that bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies are sure to stop by if planted.
Of course, these are just a few ways that you can go about pairing up plants for your garden. Other things to take into consideration are: what type of soil, sun exposure, and water level you’re working with, and which plants will thrive in those conditions. We hope this has helped you when making your decision of what to plant in your next garden or landscaping project and, of course, if you need any more recommendations, we’re here to help.