Bedding plants

Perennials plant tone on tone - what goes together?


Perennial discounts tone on tone look dreamy and noble. With two and three main colors, a high-contrast overall picture is achieved in the perennial border.

© Franz Bogner - When designing discounts, the colors of the perennials play a prominent role. You can give the different areas in the garden different moods. Tone on tone plantings have a special charm. They look dreamy and noble. With their predominant color, they draw attention to different plant structures, different inflorescences, leaf shapes and textures.

While the different heights of the plants give the border a remarkable structure, tone-on-tone plantings of large-flowered perennials with approximate growth, start of flowering and duration can determine the overall picture of a perennial discount. By the way, perennials also perfect rose plants in their tone-on-tone design. Perennials are considered easier to care for. And yet they place high demands on the soil and careful planting.

1Good tillage - flowering perennials

Perennials are said to spend many years, sometimes decades, in the soil and to delight the hobby gardener with healthy growth and excellent flowering. It is therefore important to prepare the soil thoroughly for the perennial discounts. Sounds banal, but is very important for lasting success.

To start: prepare the ground with the digging fork

  • First dig the ground with the digging fork to a depth of cut (approx. 25 cm)
  • Remove weeds - special care should be taken with root weeds.
  • When the soil is loosened, compost and rotten manure is worked in. Heavy and compacted soils become more permeable with sand. This prevents waterlogging.
  • Stones have to be collected during tillage.
  • The soil should be loose and fine-crumbly after it has been worked.

2 tone in tone but not monotonous

The interplay between a main color and its subtle color nuances often appears monotonous on the perennial discounts. A well-chosen combination of perennials of different plant heights, flower shapes and leaf texture brings dynamism and contrast to the bed. For example, discounts with two and three main colors have a higher contrast and are more invigorating.

contrastscolorsExamples in the picture
Fern and hostas (© jokapix -
Violet plants have a strong effect against a yellow coneflower (© jokapix -
Orange yarrow as a background tone for color matching dots (© miket -

3 perennials in which location?

Choosing the perennials for each location is a bit of a challenge. Light shades are particularly suitable for a shadow garden in the interplay between light and shadow. Perennials with stronger colors and shades come into their own on sunny locations.

LocationcolorsPossible perennials - examples

  • bright red
  • bright orange
  • light blue
  • greens
  • Magnificent spar, Bergenia
  • Bergenia, elf flower, purple bell
  • Autumn cyclamen, cranesbill, aconite
  • Blackboard, Funkie, Caucasus forget-me-not

semi-shady to shady
  • White
  • yellow
  • green
  • White forest bell flower, white monkshood. Forest Geißbart
  • Yellow columbine, lady's mantle, yellow-green-leaved Funkie
  • Green-white sedge, green-yellow-leafy purple bell. hellebore

    • red
    • orange
    • yellow
    • blue
    • violet
    • Red-purple Raublatt-Aster, red noble peony, Japanese bloodgrass
    • Orange yarrow, orange torch lily, orange coneflower
    • Yellow coneflower, gold head, large scale head
    • Cottontail flower, globe diesel, gentian, lavender
    • Magnificent notch, Pechelke