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A Perfect Summer Border with Grasses and Verbena

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Summer Borders, Prairie Planting, Garden Paths


Looking for a naturalistic summer border that would also be stylish, low care and with a long season of interest? You found it. Interplant the lavender-purple airy bouquets of Tall Verbena (Verbena bonariensis) with the tall and distinguished blooms of Golden Oats (Stipa gigantea) and let their blossoms wave a lovely tapestry that will gracefully sway in the breeze from early summer to frost. You may want to complement this planting with a royal blue glazed urn as a beautiful way of bringing interest to your garden path and introducing color until the purple wands of Verbena are fully on display.

Easy to replicate, deer resistant and drought tolerant. All plants are recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 7 – 10
Heat Zones 7 – 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Garden Decorations , Pathways
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Verbena


Credit: GAP Photos/Jonathan Buckley - Design: Sarah Raven

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 7 – 10
Heat Zones 7 – 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Garden Decorations , Pathways
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Verbena


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