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A guide to companion planting

If you’re a fan of the softly edged planting and winding pathways of traditional garden designs, and you love the armchair style and curvaceous shapes of the supremo Palermo garden furniture range, companion planting will fit right in with your garden style.

Here’s some top companion planting combinations to use in your garden:

Herbs, fruit and vegetables

For generations, gardeners and farmers have planted specific herbs alongside their fruit and vegetables, as doing so brings benefits to both the herbs and their companion plants. For example, garlic chives or garden mint pair beautifully with carrots and tomatoes. Mint has a very strong smell and deters flea beetles and carrot root fly, helping to keep your vegetables pest free.

If you’re growing leeks, plant lavender nearby. As well as attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies, aphids will be put off by the scent. To help protect your strawberries from hornworm, pop some borage in there and you’re much less likely to have a problem. Sage goes with all brassicas, and thyme helps to keep your roses free from blackfly.

Floral partners

Companion planting also works in your flower beds too. Sweet peas, lobelia and roses make a happy trio, and nasturtiums help your tomatoes and fruit trees. Try matching marigolds with your peppers, and fuchsia and begonias grow well together too. Agapanthus, alstroemeria and dahlias are another great trio, which not only help each other, but make for a gorgeous display of flowers, ideal for cutting and showing off in vases.

Your garden is a delicately balanced ecosystem, which, when carefully managed, allows for insects, plants and people to thrive harmoniously.

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