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A Brilliant Summer Border Idea with Crocosmia, Dahlia and Canna Lilies

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Set your garden border ablaze for weeks from midsummer to fall with 3 outstanding plants: Crocosmia, Dahlia and Canna

  • A strong performer without being aggressive, Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora ‘Star of the East’ produces decorative clumps of vertical pleated leaves which remain fresh and upright well into fall. They are topped by wands of very large, 4 in. wide (10 cm), soft orange blossoms which gradually open, week after week, from the bottom of the wand to the top. Emerging from deep orange flower buds, the flowers open wide to reveal their creamy throat adorned by burgundy freckles.
  • World acclaimed Dahlia ‘David Howard’ with its profuse and showy vibrant apricot-orange flowers set against the very dark purplish bronze foliage. No wonder it won multiple awards.
  • Adding  height and interest, as well as a cheerful touch of the tropics, is very architectural Canna indica ‘Purpurea’ (Canna Lily) with its dramatic, upright, large bronze leaves suffused purple.

Wonderfully bold, this glowing perennial border combines colors, foliages and shapes to create a spectacular effect. Easy to re-create in your garden, most plants are deer resistant and have won prestigious awards. They make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home too!

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 4 - 9
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Traditional Garden

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Alternative Plants to Consider

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Emily Mckenzie’
Dahlia ‘Hart’s Autumn Splendor’
Dahlia ‘Puerto Rico’
Canna ‘Pretoria’ (Canna Lily)
Canna ‘Wyoming’ (Canna Lily)
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Montbretia)
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 5 - 9
Heat Zones 4 - 9
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Traditional Garden
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Dahlia Crocosmia Canna
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