Companion planting is a fundamental. In the vegetable patch it’s about pest control, but Photinia Red Robin Companion Planting is about looking good…
Photinia Red Robin Companion Planting
The first rule of Photinia Red Robin Companion Planting is to avoid pitting plants against each other – they must live together as friends, not rivals. Therefore, avoid planting other fast-growing trees and shrubs in close proximity. Also, while plants are establishing, it is better to give them as much room as possible. Besides, once your Photinia Red Robins are established, choosing their companions can be done with greater confidence, precision and finesse.
So, your Photinia Red Robins have been in place for a couple of seasons and it’s time to consider adding to the display. But what to choose? Taking its striking colour, growing habits and general requirements into account, the following suggestions will point you in the right direction:
Photinia Red Robin Companion Planting – Choices
Shrubs: Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ and Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’ are classic companions for Photinia Red Robin in form, size and colour. Hebes also work well, though you will need to deal with the slugs they inevitably attract.
Lavender: Lavenders look particularly good against Photinia Red Robin as both their foliage and flowers (even the white of Alba) contrast well. Grosso, perhaps, should be reserved for when the Photinias have exceeded 1.5m or thereabouts but the real decision concerns when you want the ultimate display of both Photinia Red Robin and flowering Lavender in all their simultaneous glory.
The following list shows when the most popular of Lavenders are in flower so you can choose accordingly:
- Imperial Gem (Mid-May to mid-July// 45-50cm)
- Dwarf Blue (Mid-June to July // 50 cm)
- Richard Gray (Mid-June to August // 50cm)
- Alba (Mid-June to September // 90-100+ cm)
- Twickle Purple (June to July // 60-70 cm)
- Grosso (July to September // 90 cm)
- Sawyers (July to mid-August // 50-60 cm)
Grasses: Ornamental grasses offer a whispier kind of contrast and accentuate the colours of Photinia Red Robin
Bulbs; And while you’re making up your mind, you can always plant a few bulbs – among the huge variety of Daffodils and Tulips available, you’ll find the colour contrast you want.
Photinia Red Robin hedges make a beautiful addition to your garden. If you don’t have one already and are looking to grow your own, we can help. We stock them all year round, so browse our range of available heights to find the right size for your needs.