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Be captivated by this prairie-inspired garden arrangement that effortlessly blends the icy-blue spires of Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) with the dark purple globes of Drumstick Allium (Allium sphaerocephalon) and the striking silver plumes of Silver Feather Grass (Stipa barbata). The delicate, silky feathers of the grass seem to hover over the other plants, swaying gracefully with even the subtlest wind, creating an enchanting dance across the landscape.

  • Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia): Known for its tall, airy spikes of lavender-blue flowers, Russian Sage is not just a visual delight but also hardy and drought-resistant. Its silvery-gray foliage serves as a lovely backdrop for the vibrant blossoms, which not only attract pollinators but also emit a subtle, sage-like fragrance.
  • Drumstick Allium (Allium sphaerocephalon): This allium species stands out with its small, oval, wine-purple flower heads. Blooming in early to mid-summer, these eye-catching bulbs add a punch of deep color and vertical interest to the garden. Highly drought-tolerant and unappealing to most pests, they are excellent for adding bursts of color between other plants.
  • Silver Feather Grass (Stipa barbata): The pièce de résistance of this arrangement is the ethereal Silver Feather Grass. Its fine, silky plumes catch the light and move with the breeze, creating a mesmerizing visual effect. This ornamental grass is not only beautiful but also highly adaptable to poor soils and drought conditions.

This unique border concept is well-suited for dry, sun-drenched areas of your yard or garden. The best part? It’s incredibly low maintenance. All featured plants are drought-resistant, virtually immune to pests and diseases, and unappealing to deer. So, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the natural spectacle without worrying about frequent upkeep. This combination offers a visually stimulating yet easily manageable gardening experience, making it an excellent choice for those looking to infuse a touch of prairie elegance into their outdoor spaces.

Garden Information

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Allium (Ornamental Onion)
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Garden Information

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Allium Stipa (Feather Grass) Perovskia (Russian Sage)
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