It’s a Match! 10 Perfect Plant Pairs You’ll Adore

Give your garden the look of love! These cozy couples will add a little romance to your landscape – and make planning easier, too.

If you can’t decide which plants to commit to this spring, consider those that’ll look great while surviving San Antonio’s hot summers and droughts.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but these plant pairings make planning your garden a little easier — and more fun. Wonder what types of plants go well together? Check out these water-saving rock star plant couples.

The Power Couple

They’re successful on their own and perfectly complement each other. These power pairs of the plant world are crushing it year-round in San Antonio.

  • Cenizo and Texas mountain laurel. Large clusters of purple flowers adorn Texas mountain laurel in spring and even smell deliciously like grape soda (c’mon!). Cenizo often shows off its lovely violet blooms just before or after it rains. Keep your garden beautiful in every season by including these native evergreens.
  • Split leaf philodendron and cast iron plant. Drought-tolerant and gorgeous and thrive in the shade. Enough said.

Opposites Attract

Some couples work precisely because they’re so different. Pair opposites in the garden for eye-catching results.

  • Agave and silver ponyfoot. A tall agave rising above a sea of silver ponyfoot is a striking look and a study in contrasts. The groundcover’s small, rounded leaves set off the agave’s large, spiky blades.
  • Blue plumbago and firebush. Create bold visuals by choosing complementary colors from across the color wheel. Firebush’s orange flowers are a perfect match for the abundant blue blooms of plumbago. Bonus: Attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators!

The Laid-Back Couple

You love them because they’re so fun and easygoing. Here’s the garden equivalent of a “chill couple” we all know and love.

  • Nolina and blackfoot daisy. Try this combination in a well-drained, full sun spot for a lovely low-maintenance landscape.
  • Sotol and santolina. Ornamental and deer-resistant, consider these two for a low-maintenance landscape. Did we mention low-water?

The Drama Couple

It’s a roller coaster of feelings with these two.

  • Purple heart and prickly pear cactus. They look striking together, but plan carefully if you’d like to include this dramatic pairing in your yard. You might need to keep some distance. One can get a little aggressive spreading and, well, the other is kind of prickly.

The Romantics

Together forever, but as romantic as always. We’ve always loved these two plants in our gardens.

  • Roses and rosemary. Intoxicating scents, gorgeous blooms. Find your heart’s desire in one of the Earth-Kind® rose cultivars, selected by scientific experts for drought tolerance and low maintenance. Pair with another fragrant classic: rosemary.

Social Media Stars

They’re always on social media, tagged everywhere, you know the ones. Add these photogenic and low-maintenance showstoppers to your landscape.

The Social Butterflies

These two are happiest surrounded by a crowd. You can draw one to your yard with these attractive perennials.

  • Fall aster and mistflower. Plant these in masses to make an irresistible garden for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Whether you’re looking for dramatic contrasts, low upkeep or wildlife-friendly plants in your landscape, keep these water-saving favorites in mind as you pick out plants this spring.

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Sasha Kodet
Sasha Kodet is a conservation planner whose large garden attracts a myriad of wildlife and curious neighbors with minimal water. At SAWS, Kodet develops outdoor programs to help people create their own beautiful, water-saving landscapes. She draws on her two decades of experience as a naturalist, botanical garden educator and event planner. Kodet enjoys (really) long walks in the woods and has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail.
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