Five plant combinations for spring colour

Plants are bursting into life in spring, and with this come stunning plant combinations, including colourful, shade-loving and bee-friendly fusions.

Don't worry if you have a smaller garden and are pushed for space, as you can create cheery spring displays in pots and containers, including a vibrant primula and wood anemone window box, or a spring alpine pot display. On the other hand, if you have some space, little beats the frothy spring blossom produced by ornamental cherries like 'Spire'.

Discover five spectacular plant combinations for spring colour, below. 


Weigela and dryopteris

This pairing of Weigela 'Bristol Ruby' and Dryopteris cristata combines two reliable and unfussy plants to create an elegant and understated late-spring show. Bees will love the abundant weigela flowers, and the shade it casts creates the perfect spot for ferns. Other ferns to try include Dryopteris affinis, or the evergreen hart's tongue fern, Asplenium scolopendrium

Epimedium and dryopteris

This combination of the barrenwort, Epimedium niveum 'Roseum' and Dryopteris cycadina is perfect for a moist shady spot. Lush fronds provide the perfect backdrop for the starry flowers, which appear from mid- to late-spring. If pink isn't for you, you could try other epimediums like the buttery yellow-flowered 'Amber Queen', or the white and yellow-flowered 'Wudang Star'.

Tulips and forget-me-nots

If you're looking for a more punchy spring combination, this is it. A carpet of forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica) is dotted with tulips 'Roi du Midi' and 'Carmargue'. There are tulip varieties in just about every colour imaginable, so the colour palette of this combination is easy to switch to suit you. Tulipa 'Artist' has deep orange blooms splashed with green, while 'Uncle Tom' has rich, ruby-red flowers.

Cow parsley, verbascum and grasses

This airy combination of cow parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'Verbascum 'Petra' and Carex comans 'Bronze Form' is packed with warm tones and provides a bridge from spring to summer. Perfect for a mixed border in full sun or partial shade.

Daffodils, wallflowers and pansies

Here, the fiery blooms of Erysimum 'Rysi Copper' are combined with the daffodil, Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' to create a bright, bold display. Yellow pansies at the front of the container soften the edges.


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