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A Prairie Planting Idea with Echinacea, Penstemon and Salvia

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Awash with colors and shapes, this luminous prairie style planting brilliantly associates the cheerful Echinacea paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower) with the vertical scarlet spires of Penstemon barbatus 'Coccineus' (Beardtongue) and those of Salvia sclarea (Clary Sage). They are interplanted with the graceful Stipa tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass) which creates movement as it sways in the breeze.

With a long season of interest, all plants are drought tolerant, deer resistant, low maintenance, excellent as cut flowers and real magnets for butterflies and bees! Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 7 – 8
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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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 7 – 8
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
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 Echinacea - Coneflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Penstemon - Beardtongues Great Plant Combination Ideas with Salvia - Sages Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses


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