Perennial Combinations​

Hypoestes aristata & Kniphofia

Hypoestes aristata & Kniphofia

I found this delightful pairing at a coastal nursery. Although Kniphofias thrive in damp soils, they are versatile bulbs equally at home in normal soils. The Ribbon Bush thrives in both dry and damp soils occuring naturall in dry thicket, forest and damp places.

Wildflower Combination

Wildflower Combination

A small Merwilla plumbea mixes with Yellow Stars, Hypoxis species, and white flowering Ornithogalum juncifolium.

Scarlet and Mauve

Scarlet and Mauve

The popular mauve Scabiosa is seen at its best here against a backdrop of scarlet Diascia hybrids.

A Wild Flower Garden

A Wild Flower Garden

Yellow Verge Helichrysum, H. ruderale in the foreground; one of the many purple-flowering vygies centre, with Polygala fruticosa in the background.

Planted by wildlife

Planted by wildlife

This wild Helichrysum and Plectranthus hadiensis are bird planted and bring such joy as the spring rains arrive.

Pelargonium reniforme and Delosperma

Pelargonium reniforme and Delosperma

The little dark pink flowering Pelargonium is one of the best for home gardens. Lovely textured leaves allow the flowers to grab the attention. I love the contrast of the emeral green and soft peach groundcover in the background.

Geranium incanum and Delosperma

Geranium incanum and Delosperma

This Geranium perennial has soft grey feather-like leaves with small cup-like mauve flowers. It is easy to keep trimmed if needed, but the tightly growing Delosperma won't have a problem holding its own. Both flower for most of October through to May.

Cotula sericea & Scabiosa

Cotula sericea & Scabiosa

Yellow buttons of the Cotula provide lower level cover in this hot sun bed.

Gazania & Geranium

Gazania & Geranium

Bright yellow enhances the warm mauves in this groundcover pairing.

Cineraria & Ursinia sericea

Cineraria & Ursinia sericea

Silver-grey leaves of the daisy, Ursinia, calm the acid yellows of Cineraria.

Geranium incanum, Scabiosa & Felicia

Geranium incanum, Scabiosa & Felicia

Soft colour and slim stems that move with the slightest breeze create an entrancing cameo.

Pink Scabiosa & Diascia

Pink Scabiosa & Diascia

Shades of bright pink spice up a spring and summer garden.

Pelargonium and Gazania

Pelargonium and Gazania

A yellow and pink combo is not to everyones taste but this water wise pairing adds bright charm to a spring and summer border.

Plectranthus, Felicia & Scabios

Plectranthus, Felicia & Scabios

Softly moving flower stems of the wildflowers add an ethereal texture to the solidness of the succulent Plectranthus.

Syncolostemon & Dyschoriste

Syncolostemon & Dyschoriste

Syncolostemon and blue/ purple Dyschoriste thunbergiflora mingle softly in the autumn garden.

Helichrysum and Pelargonium

Helichrysum and Pelargonium

Softly scented leaves and gentle colour in this intermingling display for hot sun.

Pink and grey-green

Pink and grey-green

Dark pink-red plumes of Syncolostemon look spectacular behind a soft mound of green-grey; try the groundcover Helichrysums to get this effect.

Geranium incanum and Scabiosa incisa

Geranium incanum and Scabiosa incisa

A delicious water wise mix for the wildlfower garden.

Blue and silver for a cool design

Blue and silver for a cool design

Blue Felicia amelloides grows at the feet of silver-leaved Helichrysum petiolare, contained within a pot and trimmed frequently to prevent any wild rooting.

A natural combo for shade

A natural combo for shade

Asystasia gangetica and blue flowering Commelina.

Hot, dry sun combo

Hot, dry sun combo

Gazania rigens and Aeolanthus parviflorus

A shady combo

A shady combo

Asystasia gangetica clambers over Plectranthus zuluensis, with Setaria megaphylla adding grassy texture. A combination for large gardens only.

Damp sun

Damp sun

Senecio speciosus, Thunbergia atriplicifolia & Aloe chabaudii. This aloe will happily grow in damper soils that most other aloe species.

Geranium incanum and Cotula sericea

Geranium incanum and Cotula sericea

There is little to beat the evergreen combination of yellow and mauve as shown by these intermingling groundcovers.

Watsonia & Dierama spring bulbs

Watsonia & Dierama spring bulbs

Watsonia and Dierama are natural companions in a wildflower garden

Purple broom and Hairy Balls

Purple broom and Hairy Balls

Polygala virgata and Gomphocarpus physocarpus self-seed and add continuous delight through the year.

Diascia and Mysotis species

Diascia and Mysotis species

Diascia barberae and the blue Forget-me-not, Mysotis, add delightful colour in the late summer and autumn gardens.

Cineraria saxifraga and Selago speci

Cineraria saxifraga and Selago speci

Purple and yellow is a classic and timeless combination. This pairing works well as neither species overpowers the other. A delightful, unrestrained combination for natural and cottage-style garden design

Kleinia fulgens and Euryops pectinat

Kleinia fulgens and Euryops pectinat

This water wise combination of xcarlet buttons of Kleinia fulgens and yellow daisy discs of Euryops pectinatus add a spicy look to the winter garden.