Spring planting ideas

There are many easy to grow garden favourite plants that make great border plants and re readily available in garden centres and on line . Every garden and gardener is different so again it's a pick and mix of spring flowering plants. 

Ideas for summer planting combinations

Aquilegia 'Swan-Lavender' with Euonymus fortunei Emerald Goldand Rhododendron luteum

This is a lovely spring combination, Aquilegia 'Swan-Lavender' with Euonymus fortunei Emerald Goldand Rhododendron luteum. Creates a bright yellow statement in the border and all are easy to grow.

Aquilegia, common name columbine, easy with spring perennial with delicate flowers. The true beauty of the Aquilegia is not fully shown in the image check out growing Aquilegia. Euonymus is a common garden shrub which means it can get overlooked but many varieties have strong variegated leaves. It is evergreen and fully hardy.

The Rhododendron is deciduous but has the real bonus of being scented. In common with all Rhododendrons it needs acid soil to thrive.

Spring plant combinations Clematis montana and Allium

Clematis  look good with so many plants in combinations, and on their own as a specimen plant but they are not the easiest of plants to grow. For detailed advice on planting, growing and pruning clematis.  Image left shows the early flowering Clematis montana with spring flowering Alliums.

Clematis montana is one of the easier clematis to grow because it only needs pruning when it has grown too large. Unlike the group 2 & 3 clematis which need regular pruning C. montana does not so if you don't like pruning this is the Clematis for you.

 Clematis  mix well with most garden plants and are especially associated with Roses which is a hard combination to maintain requiring time with pruning. There are over 200 species of clematis with specialist web sites and growers to give advice.   

Allium hollandicum purple sensation with euphorbia palustris

Alliums look fabulous with many spring flowers as the following images show. Alliums are easy to grow and once planted they will come up reliably each year. 

In the image Allium hollandicum 'purple sensation' is planted with Euphorbia palustri, a strong combination of lime green and purple.

Allium with Camassia

In this image a different type of effect from planting  Allium with Camassia soft blues and purples. Camassia are also a bulb, tolerant of most soils including damp soil and they will tolerate partal shade.  The only drawback is that they are ** hardy so many not survive a bad winter and are best with a good mulch before the cold weather.

Spring plant combination allium christophii  and primula harlow carr

Still with Allium this is A. Spring plant combination allium christophii  and primula 'Harlow car'  a lovely combination of the Allium spiky flower head  which looks very stylish together with the yellow, red and orange hues of Primula 'harlow car' both are very easy to grow and look lovely in the spring border. Primula are a very wide ranging group of plants and worth checking out as they are long flowering and come in many different colours and sizes; the Harlow car varieties are especially nice a tall candelabra variety.

Spring plant combinations blue Geranium with Achemilla mollis

Plant combinations Geranium (Cranesbill) and Achemilla mollis (Lady's Mantle)

An easy combination of plants both of which are perennial and fully hardy. A contrasting combination of purple and lime green.  The purple flower is a hardy Geranium, which will grow in most soil conditions including light shade;  further growing information on Geraniums. The lime green is Achemilla mollis, again easy to grow, possibly too easy as a bit of a self seeder but equally easy to remove where it is not wanted. Further growing information on Achemilla.