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A Fragrant and Colorful Summer Border Idea

Lavender Hedges, Lavender Paths, Plant Combinations, Summer Borders


This Mediterranean climate border is almost overwhelming in its profusion of colors, shapes and textures. Gracefully sprawling over the gravel path, the delightfully fragrant purple spikes of Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' (English Lavender) interact brightly with the many spires of hooded, buttery-yellow flowers of Phlomis russeliana (Jerusalem Sage), the fiery scarlet blooms of Crocosmia 'Lucifer' (Montbretia), and the delicate purple Allium sphaerocephalon (Drumstick Allium). 

The billowing carpet of lime-green Euphorbia cyparissias 'Fens Ruby' (Cypress Spurge) and silver Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ears) contrast with the upright steel-blue flowerheads of Eryngium x zabelii 'Jos Eijking' (Sea Holly) and the tan-colored Deschampsia cespitosa (Tufted Hair Grass).

Isn't this path a real invitation for a leisurely stroll through it? All plants are deer and drought resistant. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Hedges and Screens , Pathways
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Mediterranean Garden , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Alliums Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocosmia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Eryngium - Sea Hollies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Euphorbia - Spurges Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lavandula - Lavenders Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stachys


GAP Photos//Jonathan Buckley - Design: Tom Stuart-Smith

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 – 8
Climate Zones 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Hedges and Screens , Pathways
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Mediterranean Garden , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Alliums Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocosmia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Eryngium - Sea Hollies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Euphorbia - Spurges Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lavandula - Lavenders Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stachys


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