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A Prairie Planting Idea with Helenium, Rudbeckia and Grasses

Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Summer Borders, Fall Borders


The charm and appeal of this prairie planting comes from the glowing beauty of its flowers and from the grace of its ornamental grasses. Planted in masses and drifts of color, rudbeckia, crocosmia, helenium, echinacea, eryngium create drama and impact. Blooming in succession over a long season, they are interplanted with stipa and calamagrostis for a naturalistic meadow effect. These grasses will provide a great show in fall after the flowers are long gone.

Fairly easy to recreate, this planting includes plants that are easy to grow and require low care. Most are deer, rabbit and drought tolerant.

A prairie garden that is attractive to humans but also to birds, butterflies, and other native wildlife too.

Garden Information

Hardiness 7 – 8
Heat Zones 7 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought
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 Calamagrostis - Reed Grass Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocosmia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Echinacea - Coneflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Eryngium - Sea Hollies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Hemerocallis - Daylilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Liatris Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rudbeckias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses


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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 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought
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 Calamagrostis - Reed Grass Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocosmia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Echinacea - Coneflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Eryngium - Sea Hollies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Hemerocallis - Daylilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Liatris Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rudbeckias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses


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Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm' (Black-Eyed Susan)
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Origanum 'Rosenkuppel' (Ornamental Oregano)
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Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty' (Sneezeweed)
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Stipa tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass)
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