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A Fabulous Plant Combination for Wet Soils: Water Iris, Carex and Primroses

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Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden with this striking plant combination pairing the delicate presence and eye-catching blossoms of Candelabra Primroses (Primula pulverulenta) with the bluish-purple vertical blossoms of Water Irises (Iris laevigata) and the shimmering golden blades of Bowles' Golden Sedge (Carex elata 'Aurea'). 

All 3 plants have been granted the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding qualities. An easy and remarkable late spring - early summer border to enjoy. Deer resistant!

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Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 3 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 17
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Carex - Sedges Great Plant Combination Ideas with Primula - Primroses


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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 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 17
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Carex - Sedges Great Plant Combination Ideas with Primula - Primroses


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