How to: Group Plants


Wondering what plants to group together? We’ve got some stunning suggestions for you.

The best gardeners are those who know how to group plants, as this really takes your displays to the next level. It’s important to consider leaf shape, colour, texture and size and, of course, flower colour and height. Place two different ornamental grasses side by side and they might fail to stand out, but plant an echinacea or rudbeckia between them and the display will be electric.

Powerful purple and blue

Purple Echinacea purpurea (coneflower), deep purple Geranium Ann Folkard and Lavandula Hidcote make a stunning group and will all attract bees and butterflies.


Shrubby selection

Group evergreen Photinia Red Robin, Cornus kousa with white flowers and wonderful autumn colour, and the climber Clematis armandii. The clematis will climb through both plants.

For damp shade

Choose from the many hostas available and plant them with a fern of your choice and a pink or white flowering astilbe.

Lavender and roses

Lavender makes a great partner for a rose because its full foliage disguises the rose's spindly stems. Choose a pink rose and plant it beside lavender to accentuate the beautiful blossoms of these flowers.

 Lavender And Roses

Companion plants

Some plants actually help others thrive when grown close together. Sweet peas attract valuable pollinators to runner beans, while nasturtiums will keep the beans aphid-free.

Find out more about companion planting with vegetables, fruit and flowers our handy infographic.

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