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By Liz Baessler
Companion planting is a great way to give your vegetable garden a completely organic boost. Simply by positioning certain plants together, you can deter pests and create a good balance of nutrients. Companion planting with flowers is another great method, though often the reasons are more aesthetic. Read on to learn more about using flowers for companion plants in garden beds and which flowers grow well together.
Companion Planting with Flowers
Flowers tend to have specific blooming times – planting something that blossoms in the spring next to something that blossoms in high summer will ensure bright color in that spot the whole time.
Also, the foliage and flowers of the later blooming plants will help disguise the fading foliage of perennials that have already passed. That being said, some flowers just plain look good together with their complementary colors and heights.
When companion planting with flowers, there are a few more things to keep in mind. What are your flowers’ growing conditions? Make sure to pair flowers that require the same amount of moisture and sunlight. Don’t accidentally pair a short, sun-loving plant with a taller one that will cast a shadow over it. When pairing flowers that will bloom at the same time, consider their colors and shapes. A wash of the same color is nice, but the individual flowers might get lost. Try combining complementary colors, like yellow and purple, to make the colors pop.