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A Desirable Summer Border Idea with Grasses, Dahlias and Amaranth

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


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!

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Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 11
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
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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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Dahlias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Pennisetum - Fountain Grasses


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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
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
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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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Dahlias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Pennisetum - Fountain Grasses


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