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A Pretty Late Season Border Idea with Asters, Roses and Grasses

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Summer Borders, Fall Borders


Enjoy a glowing and colorful garden in late summer or fall. Combine the crimson flower spikes of Kniphofia rooperi (Red Hot Poker),  the azure-blue spires of Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii' (Monkshood) and the vibrant deep violet blossoms of Aster amellus 'Violet Queen' (Italian Asters) with bold ornamental grasses such as Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' (Feather Reed Grass) and the lovely Miscanthus sinensis 'Yakushima Dwarf' (Maiden Grass). Glistening in the late season, these easy-to-grow perennials make a striking contrast to the soft autumnal hues of the grasses.

Add fragrance to the border with the almost continuously blooming Rose 'Sally Holmes' and enjoy a delightful color show, that will enlighten your garden for weeks.

Most plants are top performers and have been awarded prestigious awards. Fairly easy to replicate, this plant combination will make your neighbors envious. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 4 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Asters Great Plant Combination Ideas with Calamagrostis - Reed Grass Great Plant Combination Ideas with Kniphofia - Red Hot Pokers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Miscanthus - Maiden Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Persicaria - Fleeceflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses


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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 6 – 8
Heat Zones 4 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Asters Great Plant Combination Ideas with Calamagrostis - Reed Grass Great Plant Combination Ideas with Kniphofia - Red Hot Pokers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Miscanthus - Maiden Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Persicaria - Fleeceflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses


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Aster amellus 'Violet Queen' or 'Veilchenkönigin' (Italian Asters)
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