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A Lovely Border Idea with Achillea, Agapanthus and Grasses

Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Summer Borders


This charming summer border is a marriage of colors, shapes and textures. Fairly easy to replicate at home, it combines the blue rounded clusters of Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile) with the rich golden-yellow trumpets of Hemerocallis 'Bonanza' (Daylily) and the flat, honey-colored umbels of Achillea 'Walther Funcke' (Yarrow). They are underplanted with the low, cascading mounds of Carex testacea (Hairy Sedge), a clump-forming perennial grass that is valuable for its year-round appeal and regarded as one of the most beautiful ornamental grasses for the garden.

Lily of the Nile produces large globes with individual star-shaped flowers numbering from 20 to more than 100. They open up gradually over a long blooming period, and partner well with daylilies and yarrows, which bloom until fall. 'Walther Funcke' is a prized variety with brick-red flowers fading to terracotta, then creamy yellow, creating a mosaic of warm colors.

Hemerocallis 'Bonanza' is an indefatigable midseason daylily, regarded as an an all-time favorite for perennial gardens.

A plant combination which is long-lasting and low care. Enjoy weeks of color while doing virtually nothing!

Garden Information

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Mediterranean Garden , Traditional Garden

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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 4 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Mediterranean Garden , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Achillea - Yarrows Great Plant Combination Ideas with Agapanthus - African Lilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Carex - Sedges Great Plant Combination Ideas with Hemerocallis - Daylilies


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