Creative Planting Opportunities

creative planting ideas for the garden

Clematis growing in garden shrubs.

I like plants, and I am always looking for a way to add “just one more.” I plant clematis in my shrubs and roses, plant vines on my fences and trees, and squeeze bulbs in everywhere.

creative planting ideas for perennial geraniums

Pink flowering perennial geranium weaving through the garden.

Some perennials, like this geranium, will weave through everywhere and give you one-inch pink blooms in unexpected places.

Native climbing hydrangea vine, Decumbaria, on an oak tree.

Native climbing hydrangea vine, Decumbaria, on an oak tree.

One of my favorite plants is the native climbing hydrangea vine, Decumbaria, sent up a big old oak, and giving me 30 feet of (vertical) bloom in May.

Creative planting ideas for Clematis

Clematis with little, purple, bell-shaped flowers planted in native azaleas.

Clematis can be planted anywhere, but I am a fool for the small-flowered types, such as the little purple bells you see here scampering through a native azalea. After flowering, seed pods of clematis are highly ornamental, resembling bizarre little silver bottlerockets on your vines. A great selection of small flowered clematis are available by mail order through Dan Long’s Georgia nursery, Brushwood.

Take chances in your garden, discover creative planting ideas and never miss an opportunity for another plant.

Mike Rushing

Mike and Paula Rushing have been gardening in St. Clair county since 1990, and In Forest Park since 2007. A Jefferson County Master Gardener and course instructor at Master Gardening classes, Mike also volunteers weekly at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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