Proven Companion Planting Combos

The right combos will save space and provide weed and pest control. 

By Barbara Pleasant 

The idea of “companion planting” has been around for thousands of years, during which time it has become so besmirched with bad science and metaphysics that many gardeners aren’t sure what it means. It turns out many of the plant partnerships listed in “traditional” companion-planting charts don’t actually work well. Reaping the benefits of companion planting is possible, though, as long as you look to time-tested crop combinations, such as those on our chart below.

Read Companion Planting With Vegetables and Flowers to learn more.




Onions with leafy greens

Cabbage-family crops with leaf lettuce or radishes

Tomatoes with lettuce, radicchio or celery

Tomatoes with lima beans (hot climates)

Corn with pole beans and squash

Sweet corn with peppers

Broccoli with radishes and lettuce

Spinach with garlic


Contributing editor Barbara Pleasant gardens in southwest Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and a few lucky chickens. Contact Barbara by visiting her website or finding her on .