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A Fabulous Perennial Meadow Planting Idea

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This fabulous perennial planting has been designed by the world acclaimed designer, Piet Oudolf, and is part of his impressive creations in the Walled Garden at Scampston Hall, Yorkshire. Using his technique of naturalized planting which enjoys a long season of interest, his Perennial Meadow is awash with colors and shapes. The soft pink Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower) mingle with the rich purple spikes of Salvias, Stachys 'Hummelo', the mop-headed reddish-purple Monardas or the warm-tinted Phlomis.

A relatively low-growing combination of plants that makes the most of a poor soil! Most of these plants are drought tolerant, deer resistant, low maintenance, excellent as cut flowers and real magnets for butterflies and bees.
To create this prairie looking design, amass these plants in bold swathes. Create small groups here and there, dotting a few of the same species close to these clusters. Enjoy!

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Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 4 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Echinacea - Coneflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Monarda - Bee Balms Great Plant Combination Ideas with Phlomis Great Plant Combination Ideas with Salvia - Sages Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stachys


GAP Photos/Jo Whitworth - Design: Piet Oudolf. Location: Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire

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 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Echinacea - Coneflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Monarda - Bee Balms Great Plant Combination Ideas with Phlomis Great Plant Combination Ideas with Salvia - Sages Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stachys


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Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower)
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