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A Perfect Summer Border with Grasses, Echinacea and Achillea

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Summer Borders, Prairie Planting


This pretty informal border is composed of vigorous grasses and perennials which will enlighten your garden for weeks, from early summer until fall. Low maintenance and fairly easy to replicate, this prairie planting combines the warm-tinted pancake-like flower heads of Yarrow (Achillea) with the fresh-looking pink Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower), which happily contrast with the airy bouquets of Tall Verbena (Verbena bonariensis). Breaking up the clumps formed by these colorful perennials, the delicate seedheads of Feather Grass (Stipa tenuissima) add movement to this perennial planting as they sway in the breeze.

All these plants are pest and disease-free, drought tolerant, rabbit and deer resistant. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Achillea - Yarrows Great Plant Combination Ideas with Echinacea - Coneflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Verbena


Credit: GAP Photos/Elke Borkowski

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 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Achillea - Yarrows Great Plant Combination Ideas with Echinacea - Coneflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Verbena


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Achillea 'Inca Gold' (Yarrow)
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