Spring is Just Around the Corner ~ Start Planning!


Spring is coming!

Spring is coming!


Spring is still a little over a month away but it is not too soon to start planning this year’s garden. If you are like me, you head off to a nursery, fall in love with some wonderful plants, bring them home and then have to figure out where they should go in the garden. While being spontaneous is lots of fun, this year I am going to the nursery with some plant combinations already in mind, even though I know I will still be waylaid by an amazing plant or two not on my list!

Here are some combinations that I thought worked really well in our garden last year for you to consider. And while we are all still waiting to get back out into the garden, making some planting plans is a great way to occupy ourselves. Think of it as gardening in your mind : )

Echinacea "Burgundy Fireworks", Caryopteris "Little Miss Sunshine" and Ninebark "Coppertina"

Sunshine Friends ~ Echinacea “Burgundy Fireworks”, Caryopteris “Little Miss Sunshine” and Ninebark “Coppertina”

Dry shade winners ~ Hosta "Sum & Substance", May Flower & Spurge

Dry shade winners ~ Hosta “Sum & Substance”, May Flower & ┬áSpurge

Lychnis & Fairy Rose by Blue Spruce

Show Stoppers ~ Hot Pink Lychnis & Fairy Rose with Blue Spruce


Wet soil combo ~ Iris ensata, Ligularia, and Pickerel Rush

Wet soil combo ~ Iris ensata, Ligularia, and Pickerel Rush


Plumbago with anything!

Everybody’s favorite date ~ Plumbago goes with anything!


Oakleaf hydrangea, hosta, artemesia, feverfew, sundrops, pansies, astilbe, iris and spiderwort

Part Shade Winners ~ Oakleaf hydrangea, hosta, artemisia, feverfew, sundrops, pansies, astilbe, iris and spiderwort

Vitex & Bronze Fennel

Tall and Regal ~ Vitex & Bronze Fennel

Corcosmia "Lucifer" and Sedum "Vera Jameson"

Sunny Couple ~ Crocosmia “Lucifer” and Sedum “Vera Jameson”

4 Responses so far.

  1. Debbie says:

    Gorgeous photos of lovely combinations!
    Debbie :)

    • Barb says:

      Glad you came by and liked my plant partners, Debbie! I’m working up some more combinations for this year too so stay tuned : )

  2. Margot says:

    Hi Barb, Just found your blog through Pinterest. I too am a former K-2 teacher with a love of gardening and decorating. I always said teachers are the gardeners of student’s mind and character. I love all your garden photos and ideas and am trying to make a list of new plants to try before I go to the nursery. We still have lots of snow on the ground in CT. Thanks for all your great ideas!

    • Barb says:

      Hi, Margot! Thanks for writing! Yes, we teachers plant seeds and sometimes never see the bloom, don’t we? Maybe that’s why we are such patient gardeners!
      Glad you came by and hope you’ll be back soon!
      My best,


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