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A Glowing Fall Border with Asters, Dogwood and Grasses

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Fall Borders, Winter Borders


A border of Asters is an unforgettable spectacle in the fall. Combine them with glowing Dogwoods (Cornus sanguinea) and architectural ornamental grasses such as the lovely Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis) and you will enjoy a delightful color show which will enlighten your garden for weeks, from midsummer until frost.

Low maintenance and fairly easy to replicate, this planting will make your neighbors envious. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Asters Great Plant Combination Ideas with Cornus - Dogwoods Great Plant Combination Ideas with Miscanthus - Maiden Grasses


Credit: GAP Photos/Richard Bloom - Design: Adrian Bloom

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 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Asters Great Plant Combination Ideas with Cornus - Dogwoods Great Plant Combination Ideas with Miscanthus - Maiden Grasses


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Aster amellus 'Violet Queen' or 'Veilchenkönigin' (Italian Asters)
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Aster novae-angliae 'September Ruby' (New England Asters)
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Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' (Maiden Grass)
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