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A Dramatic Entryway

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Want a dramatic front yard? And privacy from the neighbors? Why don't you follow the steps of Joel Loblaw in the layered approach to this Tudor-style home's entryway. A warm, red brick walkway leads past tiered shrubs, grasses and bushes, creating depth and privacy. Fragrant and colorful plantings – hydrangeas and white echinacea – offset the lush greenery, while climbing ivy gives the home a distinctive Cotswolds feel.

Planted at the back of the border is the majestic ornamental grass, Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora). Fronting this tall and elegant grass are stunning double-flowered Coneflowers (Echinacea) with their dense dome ringed with large white petals. Finally, at the very front of the border is the low-growing Blue Fescue Grass (Festuca glauca), a wonderful dwarf ornamental grass, mostly grown for its blue green foliage.

Garden Information

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 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 Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Front Yards , Hedges and Screens , Pathways
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Calamagrostis - Reed Grass Great Plant Combination Ideas with Echinacea - Coneflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Festuca - Fescues


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 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 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 Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Front Yards , Hedges and Screens , Pathways
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Calamagrostis - Reed Grass Great Plant Combination Ideas with Echinacea - Coneflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Festuca - Fescues


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