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A Lovely Contemporary Garden Idea

Plant Combinations, Summer Borders, Patio Gardens


This lovely contemporary garden, rich in texture and interest, features a dining terrace with a cedar patio table cantilevered over an area richly planted with drifts of Verbena bonariensis, Nepeta faassenii 'Six Hills Giant', Agastache 'Black Adder', Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Spire' and Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'. All of this delicately veiled by Deschampsia cespitosa.

The fresh color palette ranges from shades of blues to purples to whites with the intent of cooling and calming down an outdoor area overheated after a warm summer day.

Several cultivars of Agapanthus are present, some with dazzling silver variegated foliage (Agapanthus 'Silver Moon'), others with rounded clusters of the darkest blue (Agapanthus 'Northern Star') or of the purest white (Agapanthus africanus 'Albus'), all creating a rich delightful effect.

At the back of the lush plantings, are the luminous white blossoms of Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle', the fascinating vertical spikes of Veronicastrum virginicum 'Album' and the airy clusters of pendulous lavender flowers of Thalictrum rochebrunianum.

Designed by Paul Martin for the Hampton Court Flower Show in 2014, who would not want to join a garden party in such gorgeous surroundings?

Garden Information

Hardiness 8 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Agapanthus - African Lilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Agastache - Hyssops Great Plant Combination Ideas with Eryngium - Sea Hollies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Hydrangeas Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lavandula - Lavenders Great Plant Combination Ideas with Nepeta - Catmints Great Plant Combination Ideas with Perovskia - Russian Sages Great Plant Combination Ideas with Thalictrum - Meadow Rues Great Plant Combination Ideas with Verbena Great Plant Combination Ideas with Veronicastrum - Culver's Roots


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 8 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Agapanthus - African Lilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Agastache - Hyssops Great Plant Combination Ideas with Eryngium - Sea Hollies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Hydrangeas Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lavandula - Lavenders Great Plant Combination Ideas with Nepeta - Catmints Great Plant Combination Ideas with Perovskia - Russian Sages Great Plant Combination Ideas with Thalictrum - Meadow Rues Great Plant Combination Ideas with Verbena Great Plant Combination Ideas with Veronicastrum - Culver's Roots


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Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' (Lavender)
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