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A Fabulous Summer Border Idea with Grasses and Dahlias

Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Summer Borders, Fall Borders


This spectacular and long-lasting hot summer border is fairly easy to replicate and includes a few ingredients. Valued for its handsome bottlebrush flowers and graceful arching leaves, Pennisetum villosum (Feathertop Grass) is beautifully combined here with hot and vibrant dark-leaved Dahlias, leaping up out of a froth of glistening airy puffs of Foxtail Barley (Hordeum jubatum).

A richly textured color show with most plants being easy to grow and low maintenance! A real treat!

Garden Information

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Dahlias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Pennisetum - Fountain Grasses


Credit: GAP Photos/Elke Borkowski - Design: Fleur Zonneveld

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 8 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Dahlias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Pennisetum - Fountain Grasses


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