Despite the beauty and hardiness of native plants, they are still relative newcomers to the garden scene. Consequently, there aren't very many "tried and true" combinations of native perennials (and/or annuals) that bloom concurrently for the best garden bed displays.
I've been trying to capture combinations that appeal to me when I see them, which is usually a rather serendipitous occurrence. Here, for example, is a pairing that I found last week, at the Sedgwick County Extension Arboretum in Wichita....
Nearby the leadplant-butterfly milkweed pairing in the Arboretum was Husker Red Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red') planted in front of bloody cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum).
Some other plants blooming in the prairie right now that could be creatively combined for special garden displays:
There are other native wildflowers that are blooming right now, but these are the main prairie forbs that are currently blooming in my yard and gardens. What combinations would you put together?!