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A Beautiful Fall Border Idea with Dahlias, Verbena and Grasses

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This long-lasting harmonious planting offers interest in all seasons, starting in spring with the abundant white blossoms of Malus 'Evereste' (Crabapple). They are followed by a symphony of flower colors in summer where the tall purple wands of Brazilian Verbena (Verbena bonariensis), and the pretty crimson velvety flowers of Dahlia coccinea intermingle with the profuse clusters of fuchsia-like, salmon flowers of Phygelius × rectus 'African Queen' (Cape Fuchsia).

As fall approaches, Miscanthus nepalensis (Himalayan Fairy Grass) puts on a splendid show with its delicate silky flower plumes gracefully arching above its lush foliage and swaying elegantly in the slightest breeze. Both the foliage of the Acer and Malus ignite to brilliant shades of red, orange and gold before shedding to the ground.

As the leaves fall, they reveal the incredibly pretty chestnut-brown bark of the Acer, which peels into thin, tight curls, displaying brighter cinnamon-red wood beneath. We can also admire the cherry-like, red blushed, orange-yellow fruit which bedeck the Malus and gleam like jewels in the soft sunlight.

Very attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and birds, this interesting planting combination reveals its splendor, season after season.

Garden Information

Hardiness 8 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Phygelius - Cape Fuchsias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Acer - Maples Great Plant Combination Ideas with Dahlias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Malus - Crabapples Great Plant Combination Ideas with Miscanthus - Maiden Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Verbena


Marcus Harpur

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 8 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Phygelius - Cape Fuchsias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Acer - Maples Great Plant Combination Ideas with Dahlias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Malus - Crabapples Great Plant Combination Ideas with Miscanthus - Maiden Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Verbena


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Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
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