Plants That Look Good Together Spring flowering
Hyacinthoides, common name Bluebell is a to Britain. If planted in the right spot they will naturalise and carpet the area. Bluebells look good in a natural setting.
Simple, but very beautiful, flowering in late Spring ideal conditions are rich fertile soil which is moist but also well drained.
Take care when purchasing to buy variety non-scripta, the delicate English bluebell, as opposed to the more vigorous cousin, hispanicus being the Spanish bluebell.
Trouble free once established.
Camellia and Pieris
A lovely combination for the spring is Camellia, Bluebells and Pieris.
Pieris to the right of the photograph has fresh new red growth and is a shrub which can be found in a wide range of sizes. This combination needs an acid soil for the Camellia and the Pieris. Camellias look lovely when in flower but can be difficult to get established and sometimes reluctant to flower. They need to be sheltered from cold winds, and from the early morning sun so do not plant facing East and frosts may damage the flower buds. If that all seems too tricky replace the Cameilla with a Rhododendron which is altogether more robust and easier to grow; although it is essential to grow in acid/ericaceous soil. Check the eventual height of the Rhododendron and Pieris you select as species can vary from dwarf to giant.
The bluebells and Pieris are easy to grow, the Camellia less so.
Tulips are less reliable and mainly do not flower in successive years and often are regarded as annuals.
In this photograph the tulips are into bloom with the forget me nots so it's a late April/May blooming tulip. Whatever varieties and colour combination of bulbs you select, check and buy varieties which will flower at the same time.
Spring bulbs will grow equally well in pots.
To get good combinations the tip is to look at the flowering times stated on the packet/by the vendor.
The season is long so both Daffodils and Tulips can vary in flowering time from late Feb/early March until May. To produce a display together, or continuous flowering you need to know when the bulb will flower; all spring bulbs do not flower at the same time.
This combination is spring flowering Alliums combined with the Euphorbia which will both flower late spring. Alliums are bulbs and will come again each year, and Euphorbia is a perennial and will flower each year. Be careful handling Euphorbia as the plant is poisonous and the sap a skin irritant.
Alliums have the added advantage of attracting bees and for more ideas on bee friendly plants follow this link.
late summer flowering Alliums can be combined with grasses and look stunning for advise on this planting scheme