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A Pretty Spring Border with Allium, Poppies and Wedding Cake Tree

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Spring Borders, Summer Borders


One of the most stunning variegated trees, Cornus controversa 'Variegata' (Wedding Cake Tree) makes a wonderful focal point for a small to medium-sized garden. In this pretty late spring garden, it has been paired with the bold red blossoms of Papaver orientale 'Beauty of Livermere' (Oriental Poppy) and the architectural white Allium 'Mount Everest' (Ornamental Onion). Adding grace and drama to the landscape, this plant combination will put a smile on your face for many weeks!

Easy to replicate, deer resistant and relatively low maintenance.

Garden Information

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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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 6 – 9
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Alliums Great Plant Combination Ideas with Cornus - Dogwoods Great Plant Combination Ideas with Papaver - Poppies


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