Mixing a variety of flower shapes is an easy way to increase a garden’s beauty and intrigue. Flowers can be spikes (Salvia, Veronica), mounded (summer Phlox, Sweet William), flat (yarrow, butterfly weed), irregular (bee balm, sea holly), rounded (globe thistle, Allium), open-faced (Geranium, Coreopsis), funnel-like (daylily, Trumpet Lily) and daisy-shaped (shasta daisy, aster). When placing plants next to each other that bloom at the same time, don’t just consider how the colors complement each other, but also how the shapes contrast. In the above photo notice how the Chelone’s bubblegum pink flowers and dark green foliage contrast well with the big chartuese Hosta leaves.
by Kerry Ann Mendez, Perennially Yours