When choosing plants for your garden it's important to consider how they'll work together. Combining colour, shape and texture can be a daunting task, so we've chosen seven great midsummer planting schemes to inspire you.
Whichever plants you opt for, keep the display going by following our advice on deadheading flowers in summer and watering plants effectively.
Discover seven great midsummer plant combinations, below.
Aeoniums and pelargoniums
This container planted combination is dominated by the dramatic Aeonium 'Zwartkop', a great contrast to the rich red pelargoniums. Both are easy to propagate – follow our advice on taking aeonium cuttings and cuttings from pelargoniums.
Banana and grasses
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Veronicastrum and salvias
Purple hazel, kniphofias and stipa
Using a dark backdrop is a great way to highlight brightly coloured plants. In this scheme, purple hazel (Corylus maxima 'Purpurea') is the perfect foil for fiery kniphofias and golden Stipa tenuissima.
Kniphofias, cosmos, perovskia and eryngium
Heleniums, echinacea, achillea and deschampsia
This mixture of plants uses prairie-style plants to great effect. Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty' provides vibrant dots of colour, offset by white echinaceas, Achillea 'Fanal' and tufted hair grass (Deschampsia cespitosa).