How you design and plant your garden, just like your home, is a question of personal taste and needs to suit you. Magazines and web sites can suggest planting combinations and some will catch your interest, others you may hate. Below are ideas for summer planting combinations from which you can pick and mix what you like and fancy in your garden.
There are images and links to other pages with growing information so you can decide if you like the plant and if it is right for your garden. Remember "right plant, right place"
Illustrated above first and left is a summer flowering combination of Delphiniums and Thalictrum, a soft blue and mauve combination. Delphiniums are a time-consuming plant to grow but spectacular with their large showy flower heads. By contrast, Thalictrum is easy to grow, tall and graceful with fluffy flower head one of my absolute garden favourites.
The Centre image is a more relaxed, semi wild combination of purple Loosestrife and Meadow sweet which are very attractive to pollinators and ideal if you are thinking of having a wild area in your garden.
The third image on the right is Dierama, common name Angel's Fishing Rod combined with Agapanthus. Neither plant is straightforward to grow, but if you have the right conditions, they will flourish together.
There are also ideas for Spring plant combinations, planting for shade, scented plants and the sensory garden.
Some summer planting ideas below.