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A Fabulous Plant Combination for Wet Soils: Astrantia, Iris Sibirica and Carex

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Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden with this striking plant combination pairing the delicate presence and intriguing blossoms of Great masterwort (Astrantia major) with the royal-blue vertical blossoms of Siberian Irises (Iris sibirica) and the shimmering golden blades of Bowles' Golden Sedge (Carex elata 'Aurea'). An easy and remarkable late spring - early summer border to enjoy!

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Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 3 – 7
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Astrantia - Masterworts Great Plant Combination Ideas with Carex - Sedges Great Plant Combination Ideas with Iris Sibirica - Siberian Irises


Credit: GAP Photos/Jonathan Buckley - Design: Sue and Wol Staines, Glen Chantry

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 3 – 7
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Astrantia - Masterworts Great Plant Combination Ideas with Carex - Sedges Great Plant Combination Ideas with Iris Sibirica - Siberian Irises


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