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A Fabulous Garden Retreat where to Relax!

Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Summer Borders, Fall Borders


Get inspired by this lovely garden retreat to create yours! Easy to grow and low care, the plants selected offer a soft harmony of pink and tan shades that are soothing to the eye. They include elegant, soft pink Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower), the contrasting bright pom-pom flowerheads of Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower), mop-headed pink Bee Balm (Monarda), fuzzy caterpillar-like pink flowers of Sanguisorba obtusa (Japanese Burnet) and those of Pennisetum orientale (Oriental Fountain Grass) which sway in the wind and give movement to the overall planting. Finally, adding architectural height and beautifully complementing this planting are the majestic Eupatorium maculatum (Joe Pye Weed) and the unique Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora).

Complement these selections with a water element, such as a small fountain, to also enjoy the soothing sight and sound of water. Add a couple of chairs, sit and relax!

Fairly easy to replicate, long-lasting and low maintenance, this summer border will gracefully extend its charm into fall and even into winter when the tall and elegant silhouettes of Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora) will continue to make a statement under frost or snow. Most of these plants are drought tolerant, deer resistant and excellent as cut flowers!

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 4 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, 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 Calamagrostis - Reed Grass Great Plant Combination Ideas with Echinacea - Coneflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Eupatorium - Joe-Pye Weeds Great Plant Combination Ideas with Monarda - Bee Balms Great Plant Combination Ideas with Pennisetum - Fountain Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Sanguisorba - Burnets


Credit: 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
Heat Zones 4 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, 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 Calamagrostis - Reed Grass Great Plant Combination Ideas with Echinacea - Coneflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Eupatorium - Joe-Pye Weeds Great Plant Combination Ideas with Monarda - Bee Balms Great Plant Combination Ideas with Pennisetum - Fountain Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Sanguisorba - Burnets


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Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower)
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