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A Desirable Summer Border Idea with Grasses, Dahlias and Amaranth

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

Garden Ideas, Border ideas, Perennial Planting, Perennial combination, Summer Border, Fall Border, Pennisetum thunbergii, Fountain Grass, Dahlia Bishop of Oxford, Amaranthus Velvet Curtains, Purple Amaranth, Dahlia Karma, Dahlia Classic

Designed for late summer and fall interest, this bold plant combination can be easily replicated in many sunny garden situations. It includes a few spectacular ingredients, such as the elegant, rosy-red feathery flowers of Pennisetum thunbergii ‘Red Buttons’ (Fountain Grass), hot and vibrant Dahlias, and the particularly stunning, dark crimson plumes and red colored foliage of Amaranthus cruentus ‘Velvet Curtains’ (Purple Amaranth).

Fabulous looking and low care, this attractive late season is a great way of ending the season with a bang of color. Most plants make excellent cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 8 - 10
Heat Zones 8 - 11
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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Alternative Plants to Consider

Dahlia ‘Apricot Desire’
Dahlia ‘Classic Elise’
Dahlia ‘Karma Bon Bini’
Pennisetum villosum (Feathertop Grass)
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 - 10
Heat Zones 8 - 11
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Dahlia Pennisetum (Fountain Grass) Amaranthus (Amaranth)
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