Great Perennial combinations  

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  1. Spring
  2. Summer
  3. Autumn
  4. Bonus Tips


It is difficult to find your way in making a garden attractive all year round. What helps are perennials in beautiful combinations. To inspire you some great perennial combinations. And the title mentions perennials, but we will not forget shrubs (in this blog only shrubs with flowers).

Rhododendron and Azalea  

They bloom in spring and sometimes even until mid-summer. They are part of the same family (Rhodos = Rose and Dendron = tree). The difference: Rhododendron is green, but Azaleas usually lose their leaves in winter. There are small and tall varieties to choose from, so for every garden a combination is available. 

Purple Rhododendron and orange Azalea  
Iris Siberica and Euphorbia

Euphorbia steals the show in my garden in spring. And for a long time between April and July. It needs light and you must tame the plant. Iris with its fragile flowers provides an exciting contrast. 

Blue Iris Siberica with green Euphorbia


Agapanthus and Hydrangea

Hydrangea likes a sheltered place and so does Agapanthus. Together a stunning combination of blue and soft pink. Agapanthus exists in light blue till purple blue and in white. Hydrangeas are available in lots of colors so you can mix and match the style of your garden. 

Great Perennial Combinations
Blue Agapanthus and pink Hydrangea
Hydrangea Arborescence Annabelle and Buddleia Davidii 

A soft color palette and the combination of the leaves gives it a fluffy feeling. Both plants can reach heights of 1:50 to 2:50 m. Both flowering shrubs that gives interest and height to the garden.  

Hydrangea Arborescence Annabelle and Buddleia Davidii 
Geranium and Leucanthemum

Sparkling combination of two colors in the beautiful gardens of Villa Augustus in Dordrecht. I do not know what the names of these colors are, so you must search in your garden center for the right combination.  

Purple Blue Geranium and white/pink Leucanthemum


Anemone Honorine Jobert, Sedum orange Xenox and Hydrangea 

This is how you like to step into autumn, with a warm palette of colors and fresh white as a contrast! A great setting after a walk. Take a seat in a garden chair. Use a blanket and serve pumpkin soup or hot chocolate. And above all: enjoy the garden and let the new season begin. This combination blossoms at the end of July, in August and September.  

White Anemone Honorine Jobert, Sedum Orange Xenox, Red Hydrangea

shop for the autumn garden

Bonus Tips

  • Mien Ruys Gardens, an overview of garden architecture from 1924 to the present day.
  • The before mentioned garden of Villa Augustus in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. The Villa Augustus restaurant is located in the middle of the vegetable garden in the former pump house.
  • De Tuinen van Appeltern, Netherlands’ largest garden idea park.
  • De Vlinderhof in Maximapark, garden by Piet Oudolf
  • more about Piet Oudolf here
  • more about Perennials here

Enjoy your garden!

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