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A Fragrant Summer Border with Roses, Lavender, Pinks and Sea Holly

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Summer Borders, Fragrant Borders


This fragrant and eye-catching summer border is part of the Fragrant Garden created by Allan Bloom for the Bressingham Gardens. Fairly easy to replicate, it combines the fragrant rose-pink blossoms of Rose 'Felicia' with the tall, misty-blue flowers and foliage of Sea Holly (Eryngium), both being superbly underplanted by a blue sea of English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and dainty, pure white Garden Pinks (Dianthus).

Create this border where you will be able to enjoy its perfume daily: near a doorway, along a path, near your patio or deck!

Garden Information

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Dianthus Great Plant Combination Ideas with Eryngium - Sea Hollies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lavandula - Lavenders Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses


GAP Photos/Richard Bloom - The Bressingham Gardens, Norfolk, UK.

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 6 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Dianthus Great Plant Combination Ideas with Eryngium - Sea Hollies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lavandula - Lavenders Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses


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Eryngium x zabelii 'Big Blue' (Sea Holly)
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