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A Hot Summer Border Idea with Dahlia, Crocosmia and Aster

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


The brilliant colors and bold contrasts of this perennial planting are perfect for brightening up your late summer and fall garden. Although the planting does include many spring-flowering bulbs, it is geared to giving a great floral display from midsummer to fall, and includes late-flowering species.

Amongst them are the chocolate Dahlia 'Karma Choc', the coppery orange Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty' (Sneezeweed), and the lavender-blue blooms of Aster 'Little Carlow' which is beautifully framed by the graceful plumes of Miscanthus sinensis 'Yakushima Dwarf' (Maiden Grass).

Bold contrast and interest are richly supplied by the bright red flower spikes and bronze foliage of Ricinus communis 'Carmencita' (Castor Oil Plant) as well as by the purple-leaved Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ (Ninebark)

They are all underplanted with a lush mix of coral Crocosmia 'Limpopo' (Montbretia), scarlet Salvia microphylla 'Red Velvet' (Baby Sage) and a sea of golden Calendula (Pot Marigod). The result is a real eye-catcher of a border, full of color, light and sparkles.

A great way of ending the season with a bang of color. Most plants make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 6 – 7
Heat Zones 3 – 6
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Asters Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocosmia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Dahlias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Helenium - Sneezeweeds Great Plant Combination Ideas with Miscanthus - Maiden Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Salvia - Sages


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 – 7
Heat Zones 3 – 6
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Asters Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocosmia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Dahlias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Helenium - Sneezeweeds Great Plant Combination Ideas with Miscanthus - Maiden Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Salvia - Sages


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