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A Colorful Summer Border Idea with Easy-to-Grow Plants

Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Summer Borders, Fall Borders


If you are looking for a colorful, low care and drought tolerant summer border idea, you may want to try this combination of hardy perennials and ornamental grasses. Wonderfully bold, it combines flower colors and shapes to create a spectacular effect.

The recipe is quite simple: interplant Lychnis chalcedonica (Maltese Cross), Hemerocallis 'Golden Chimes' (Daylily), Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' (Sage), Oenothera biennis (Common Evening Primrose), Stipa gigantea (Golden Oats) and the architectural  Verbascum olympicum (Mullein).

Most plants have won prestigious awards and make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home too. Enjoy weeks of drama in your garden!

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Alkaline
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought
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 Hemerocallis - Daylilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lychnis - Campions Great Plant Combination Ideas with Oenothera - Primroses - Sundrops Great Plant Combination Ideas with Salvia - Sages Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Verbascum - Mulleins


GAP Photos//Elke Borkowski

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 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Alkaline
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought
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 Hemerocallis - Daylilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lychnis - Campions Great Plant Combination Ideas with Oenothera - Primroses - Sundrops Great Plant Combination Ideas with Salvia - Sages Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Verbascum - Mulleins


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Lychnis chalcedonica (Maltese Cross)
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