How not to marvel at the color, beauty and arrangement of this summer border which can also be enjoyed from mid summer until fall? Fairly easy to recreate, this planting includes a beautiful harmony of lavender to purple to red Dahlias such as 'Lauren Michele', 'Martina', 'Ambition' or 'Bishop of Llandaff'. They happily contrast with the golden blossoms of 2 tall Helenium varieties, 'Feuersiegel' and 'Zimbelstern'.

Add the long-blooming pale pink spikes of Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Rosea' (Mountain Fleece) and the wonderful stature of Eupatorium maculatum (Spotted Joe-Pye Weed), and you will be charmed for weeks by their profuse blossoms and rich colors.

Most plants make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home. Enjoy!