An Elegant Combination

While it seems like it should be easy enough, sometimes the hardest thing about putting together an outdoor space is finding just the right combination of elements. So if you have an outdoor space of any size, and are looking for just the right plant to put in just the right planter, and chair in which to sit and take it all in, here are some beautiful quick mix + match ideas for plants, planters, and chairs that are all elegant on their own or in combination, with a range from high to low in price, and are low maintenance. 

The 'EM' collection/Atelier Vierkant

The 'EM' collection/Atelier Vierkant

Adamo Cast Stone Planter/Restoration Hardware

Adamo Cast Stone Planter/Restoration Hardware

Round Stone Planter/ Crate & Barrel

Kettle Basket Chair/Karkula

Kettle Basket Chair/Karkula

Kuba Teak Club Chair/Teak Warehouse

Kuba Teak Club Chair/Teak Warehouse

Huron Lounge Chair/West Elm

Huron Lounge Chair/West Elm

Miscanthus Sinensis 'Morning Light' is as close a to a beach grass as you can find without a beach. It has a silvery appearance and the leaf blades are clean and thin.  It gets to be about 4-5 feet high, and 3-4 feet wide, and does well in hot direct sun. It works well for massing, and for screening. Looks great along a railing or edge condition, with lavender, roses and other sun loving perennials. You will want to cut these back in late winter for new growth.

Miscanthus Sinensis 'Morning Light' is as close a to a beach grass as you can find without a beach. It has a silvery appearance and the leaf blades are clean and thin.  It gets to be about 4-5 feet high, and 3-4 feet wide, and does well in hot direct sun. It works well for massing, and for screening. Looks great along a railing or edge condition, with lavender, roses and other sun loving perennials. You will want to cut these back in late winter for new growth.

Purple Fountain Grass/Pennisetum Setacean 'Rubrum' is a fantastic drought tolerant grass that is a purplish-maroon color and has a wild, yet graceful look. It looks great planted en masse along a perimeter on a terrace or in drifts in the landscape. 

Purple Fountain Grass/Pennisetum Setacean 'Rubrum' is a fantastic drought tolerant grass that is a purplish-maroon color and has a wild, yet graceful look. It looks great planted en masse along a perimeter on a terrace or in drifts in the landscape. 

Pennisetum alopecuroides, otherwise known as Dwarf Fountain Grass is an ornamental grass that grows to about 2' tall and are clump-forming. In late summer, buff-colored flower heads pop up in profusion on 1' spikes. The graceful fountain-like plumes slowly change color from buff to soft pinks and light-colored maroons. One to three plants are effective in small gardens as an accent, and in larger areas, mass plantings are stunning. When mass planting, leave at least 3 feet between plants. 

Pennisetum alopecuroides, otherwise known as Dwarf Fountain Grass is an ornamental grass that grows to about 2' tall and are clump-forming. In late summer, buff-colored flower heads pop up in profusion on 1' spikes. The graceful fountain-like plumes slowly change color from buff to soft pinks and light-colored maroons. One to three plants are effective in small gardens as an accent, and in larger areas, mass plantings are stunning. When mass planting, leave at least 3 feet between plants.