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An Eye-Catching Spring Border with Allium, Sword-Lilies and Grasses

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Spring Borders, Summer Borders


Adding a hot punch of color in the late spring garden, bold magenta Gladiolus communis ssp Byzanthinus (Byzantine Gladiolus) and purple Allium 'Firmament' (Ornamental Onion) hover around the exceptionally graceful Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissima or Stipa Tenuissima) and the luminous Eryngium bourgatii 'Picos Blue' (Mediterranean Sea Holly). Adding grace and cheerful color to the landscape, this plant combination will put a smile on your face for many weeks!

Easy to replicate and relatively low maintenance. Most plants are deer, rabbit and drought tolerant.

Garden Information

Hardiness 7 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Alliums Great Plant Combination Ideas with Eryngium - Sea Hollies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Gladiolus - Sword Lilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses


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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 7 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Alliums Great Plant Combination Ideas with Eryngium - Sea Hollies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Gladiolus - Sword Lilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses


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Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus (Byzantine Gladiolus)
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