5 Fail-Proof Plant Combinations for a Gorgeous Front Yard

You can't go wrong with these flawless matches for a beautiful garden.

Selecting the right combination of outdoor plants for your front yard or garden is a tricky business. First, you have to know which plants will look good together. Then, you have to make sure they will grow well together. Figuring out coordinating colors, heights, desired soil type, sun preferences, and watering schedules is a lot of boxes to check.

Fortunately, the plant pros at Monrovia have already cracked the code. Here, Justin Hancock, Horticultural Craftsman at Monrovia, suggests 5 foolproof plant combinations that always look spectacular. Plus, with specific plant recommendations for sunny spots, shaded areas, and those who want a high-contrast design, you can be sure to choose the garden recipe that works best for your outdoor space.

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For Shaded Areas: Pink Hydrangea + Osmanthus + Pittosporum

garden with pink hydrangea
Doreen Wynja for Monrovia

Pink Splendor Hydrangea, Goshiki Osmanthus, and Cream de Mint Pittosporum combine to beautify and brighten shaded spots. The creamy-white variegation in the osmanthus and pittosporum, plus the soft pink hydrangea blooms, practically sparkle in the shade. They also create garden layers—low-growing pittosporum in the front, hydrangeas in the middle, and taller osmanthus in the back.

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For High Contrast: Hydrangea + Japanese Maple + Hosta

garden with hydrangea and hostas plants
Doreen Wynja for Monrovia

Seaside Serenade Cape Lookout, Martha's Vineyard, and Cape May Hydrangeas are natural companions for hostas; their leaf shapes complement one another while the big, fluffy hydrangea flowers add contrast. Boost the contrast—both in color and texture—with purple Japanese Maple, like Crimson Queen.

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For Sunny Spots: Salvia + Flower Carpet Rose + Lamb's Ear

plants for sunny spot, salvia and lamb's ear
Doreen Wynja for Monrovia

For hot and sunny spots, it's tough to beat the bold colors of VIBE Ignition Purple Salvia and Flower Carpet Red Groundcover Rose. Both have an exceptionally long flowering season and hold up all summer long. We're fans of designing with silver foliage because it goes with everything. Here, for example, Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear adds softness and elegance to its plant partners. As an added plus, it also thrives in all-day sun.

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Vertical Design: Shrub Rose + Boxwood + Columnar Juniper

garden with boxwood, yellow roses, and juniper
Doreen Wynja for Monrovia

Grace N' Grit Yellow Shrub Rose shines when planted with just about anything because of its soft color and nonstop procession of blooms. Here, it beautifies a pairing of mounding Green Beauty Boxwood and upright Green Columnar Juniper. The juniper helps draw the eye up and provides a contrasting feathery texture with its fine needles.

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For the Birds and Bees: Viburnum + Salvia + Thuja

plants that attract pollinators, viburnum and salvia
Doreen Wynja for Monrovia

This beautiful plant trio looks great in the garden, and attracts wildlife, too. Salvias like Little Night are excellent providers for pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Sparkler Arrowwood Viburnum also attracts pollinators when it blooms in early summer, then feeds songbirds with its blueberries in the fall and winter. Emerald Green Arborvitae offers habitat for songbirds to nest or hide from predators.

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