5 Popular Flower Garden Plants and Companions

Pair these pals in your flower garden and get the a bounty of blooms all season

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As I stroll through my flower garden, I can’t help but marvel at the beauty and harmony that can be achieved through the art of companion planting. Over the years, I’ve learned that selecting the right partners for my beloved plants is just as important as choosing the right friends in life. By carefully pairing my botanical companions and considering their blooming periods, I’ve created a symphony of colors, textures, and fragrances that fills my heart with joy throughout the growing season. If you want to learn more about companion planting with your ornamental flowers, download our Flower Garden Companion Planting Chart. In the meantime, let’s talk flower friends!

In early Spring, the joyous Daffodils take center stage, heralding the arrival of warmer days. I love to pair them with the spectacular blooms of Azaleas and Rhododendrons, which also flower in Spring. The golden radiance of Forsythia and the heavenly fragrance of Hyacinths join the springtime display, while the bold colors of Tulips add to the vibrant palette. As Spring progresses, the elegant grace of Daylilies and the regal bearing of Lilies make their appearance, completing this magnificent springtime symphony.

As Spring transitions into Summer, the queens of the garden, Roses, come into their own. I always make sure to surround them with loyal companions that enhance their regal beauty. Cheerful Geraniums, dainty Feverfew, and sunny Marigolds create a charming contrast against the Roses’ velvet petals while also helping to ward off pests. The elegant spires of Anise-hyssop, the soothing fragrance of Lavender, and the delicate Bellflower add to the sensory delight of this royal court.

In the shade garden, Hostas reign supreme with their lush foliage and graceful form. I love to pair Hostas with the feathery plumes of Astilbe, which bloom in early to mid-Summer. The delicate fronds of Ferns provide a cool backdrop throughout the season, while the vibrant blooms of Geraniums add splashes of color. I love to enjoy the romantic Bleeding Hearts flower in late Spring to early Summer, while the striking Heuchera and dainty Bluebells offer interest around the same time. The majestic Hydrangea provides a stunning display in mid to late Summer.

The unsung heroes of the garden, the Marigolds, bloom throughout the Summer and into Autumn, offering their protective presence to their companions. The architectural beauty of Allium, which flowers in late Spring to early Summer, and the profusion of golden Coreopsis blooms in Summer create a stunning display alongside the Marigolds. The vibrant spires of Salvia, playful charm of Bachelor Buttons, soothing fragrance of Lavender, and timeless beauty of Geranium all contribute to this delightful assembly.

As Summer reaches its peak, the showstoppers of my garden, the opulent Peonies, take the spotlight. The enchanting fragrance of Lilac, which blooms in late Spring, and the towering spires of Foxglove in early to mid-Summer create a stunning backdrop for the Peonies. The celestial hues of Delphinium in early Summer and the delicate bells of Lily of the Valley in late Spring add to the ethereal charm. The elegant form of Iris in late Spring to early Summer, the architectural wonder of Allium, and the papery petals of Poppy in early to mid-Summer further enhance the grandeur of this floral display.

As I tend to my garden, I’m reminded of the power of companionship and the importance of considering blooming times when creating a harmonious display. By thoughtfully pairing my beloved plants with their ideal partners and ensuring a continuous succession of blooms, I’ve created a living work of art that fills me with joy and wonder throughout the growing season. Gardening is a journey of discovery, and I’m always excited to see how my botanical oasis will evolve with each passing year.

And don’t forget to download our free Flower Garden Companion Planting Chart, which has dozens of flower and herb combinations based on soil and sunlight needs and is categorized under nine of the most popular flowers. You can use it to plan out your garden and plant companion plants together.

What are your favorite companions in the garden? Leave a comment and let me know!


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