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A Refreshing Summer Border Idea with Irises, Alliums, Catmint and Grasses

Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Summer Borders


How not to marvel at the sumptuous colors of this perennial combination which can be enjoyed for several weeks in late spring or early summer. Fairly easy to recreate, it includes relatively drought tolerant plants such as gaily-colored Tall Bearded Irises, cool purples and blues of Sage, Catmint or Cranesbills, all splashed with the graceful blossoms of White Flower Lace.

Most plants have won prestigious awards, are deer and rabbit resistant and make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home!

Garden Information

Hardiness 8 – 8
Heat Zones 8 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, 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 City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Alliums Great Plant Combination Ideas with Geranium - Cranesbills Great Plant Combination Ideas with Iris Germanica - Bearded Irises Great Plant Combination Ideas with Nepeta - Catmints Great Plant Combination Ideas with Salvia - Sages Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses


Marcus Harpur

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 8 – 8
Heat Zones 8 – 8
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, 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 City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Alliums Great Plant Combination Ideas with Geranium - Cranesbills Great Plant Combination Ideas with Iris Germanica - Bearded Irises Great Plant Combination Ideas with Nepeta - Catmints Great Plant Combination Ideas with Salvia - Sages Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses


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Iris 'Supreme Sultan' (Bearded Iris)
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Salvia x sylvestris 'Mainacht' (Wood Sage)
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Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation' (Ornamental Onion)
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Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low' (Catmint)
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Orlaya grandiflora (White Lace Flower)
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Geranium phaeum 'Lily Lovell' (Cranesbill)
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