How to Combine Shrubs & Flowers


Attractive landscapes include many varieties of plants, including shrubs and flowers. Successfully combining different types of plants requires considering individual plants' characteristics. Create a balance in your landscape by including shrubs and flowers that complement each other and fit in with the rest of the landscape. Include a variety of specimens to enhance various areas of your yard.

Step 1

Select areas of your yard to replace with shrubs and flowers. Enhance property lines and borders by replacing existing fences with hedges. Give your home a welcoming appearance by strategically placing shrubs and blossoms near the entrance or along the walkways leading to your house. Determine proper planting areas by considering each location's access to sunlight and water sources.

Step 2

Decide on a color scheme for your landscape. Choose flowering shrubs and plants that blend well with one another and your house and other existing structures. Create a harmonious effect by selecting one color and including plants in different shades of this color. Add plants in a contrasting color to provide an interesting balance. Place tall shrubs behind flowering plants to create a color wall.

Step 3

Purchase shrubs and flowers according to their bloom time. Create an ongoing exhibit of color by choosing flower bulbs that blossom early in the spring and flowering plants that bloom during the summer months. Choose some shrubs that blossom during the summer, such as honeysuckle and butterfly bush. Include evergreen shrubs to provide color during the cold, winter months. Consider including shrubs like Purpleleaf sand cherry and spreading cotoneaster. These shrubs produce attractive berries in the fall.

Step 4

Combine shrubs and flowers according to their sizes, as well as their individual sun and moisture requirements. Create an asymmetrical balance to your landscape by distributing large shrubs according to their size. Individual, sprawling shrubs create a single focal point, while compact varieties look nice in groups. Allow adequate space between shrubs and flowers for mature growth. Avoid planting sun-loving flowers in the shade of overhanging shrubs.

Things You'll Need

  • Shrubs
  • Flower bulbs
  • Flower plants


  • Mississippi State University: Using Color in the Landscape
  • HGTV: Planting for Year-Round Color
  • Missouri University: Selecting Landscape Plants
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