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A Pretty Summer Border with Roses, Foxgloves and Poppies

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Spring Borders, Summer Borders


Adding a soft punch of color and fruity fragrance to the perennial border, the ravishing orange to tangerine blossoms of English Rose 'Lady Emma Hamilton' (Ausbrother) contrast nicely with the vibrant mauve-blue flowers of award-winning Geranium 'Orion'. Robust and vigorous, this geranium enjoys one of the longest flowering periods of any of the hardy geraniums and rare blue-colored flowers. It mingles with the large, rich purple-plum flowers of Papaver somniferum 'Lauren's Grape' (Opium Poppy). On display for months, the striking blossoms are followed by decorative seed pods that can be used in dried flower arrangements, or left in the garden for the visual interest they bring.

Providing architectural height to this border, Digitalis purpurea 'Excelsior Hybrid' is a popular and remarkable strain of Foxgloves boasting tall spikes of pendulous, funnel-shaped blossoms in a lovely range of pastel colors including pink, lavender, and white. Blooming profusely from late spring to mid summer, the spectacular blossoms are attractive to hummingbirds, which hover near the tubular blossoms, and to birds which flock to the seedheads in the fall.

Long-lasting and easy to replicate, most plants are recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 2B, 3A, 3B
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Digitalis - Foxgloves Great Plant Combination Ideas with Geranium - Cranesbills Great Plant Combination Ideas with Papaver - Poppies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses


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