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A Fabulous Perennial Planting Idea with Echinops, Echinacea and Agastache

Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Prairie Planting Ideas, Summer Borders


Awash with colors and shapes, this fabulous perennial planting brilliantly associates the bold, steel blue globe-shaped flowers of Echinops ritro (Globe Thistle) with the elegant, soft pink Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower) and the vertical white spires of Agastache rugosa (Korean Mint).
This naturalized perennial combination enjoys a long season of interest. Most of these plants are drought tolerant, deer resistant, low maintenance, excellent as cut flowers and real magnets for butterflies and hummingbirds.

To create this prairie planting, amass these plants in bold swathes. Create small groups here and there. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 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 Summer (Mid,Late)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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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 5 – 9
Climate Zones 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 Summer (Mid,Late)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
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 Agastache - Hyssops Great Plant Combination Ideas with Echinacea - Coneflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Echinops - Globe Thistles


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Agastache foeniculum 'Alabaster' (Anise Hyssop)
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