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A Casual Border with Poppies, Tickseed and Mullein

Plant Combinations, Prairie Planting Ideas, Summer Borders, Spring Borders

Plant Combinations, Prairie Planting Ideas, Summer Borders, Spring Borders, corn poppy, papaver rhoeas, Verbascum, Mullein, Coreopsis, Tickseed,

This prairie-style planting combines easy-to-grow annuals and perennials in an exuberant mix of forms and colors. Blooming for months, the bright yellow flowers of Coreopsis tinctoria (Tickseed) are beautifully combined with the cheerful red blossoms of Papaver rhoeas (Corn Poppy). The decorative seedpods left by the faded Papaver orientale ‘Marlene’ bring visual interest, long after the last petal of this charming poppy has been dropped.

Adding a delicate airiness to the planting, Orlaya grandiflora (White Lace Flower) gracefully mingles with them, adding unmatched elegance with its sparkling white flowers floating above the lush, finely divided foliage.

Stretching up into the sky, Verbascum olympicum (Greek Mullein) displays its spectacular candelabras of golden-yellow blossoms. When the bee-friendly flowers fade, the remaining multi-branched skeleton makes one of the most arresting fall and winter silhouettes in the garden.

All plants are deer resistant, drought tolerant and low maintenance. Most make lovely fresh bouquets to be enjoyed at home.

Garden Information

Hardiness 3 - 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam
Soil pH Alkaline
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Alternative Plants to Consider

Papaver orientale ‘Eye Catcher’ (Oriental Poppy)
Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) ‘Pink Paeony’ (Opium Poppy)
Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)
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 3 - 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam
Soil pH Alkaline
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Do I Need?
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Papaver (Poppy) Verbascum (Mullein) Coreopsis (Tickseed)
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Mid-Atlantic
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