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A Soft Border Idea with Grasses, Echinacea and Monarda

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Summer Borders, Fall Borders, Prairie Planting


This soft informal border is composed of low-growing perennials which will introduce romance in your landscape from early summer until fall. Low maintenance and fairly easy to replicate, this naturalistic planting combines fresh-looking pink Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) with fluffy Lychnis flos-cuculi 'Petite Jenny' (Ragged Robin) and captivating Monarda (Bee Balm). Breaking up the clumps formed by these colorful perennials, the delicate seedheads of Feather Grass (Stipa tenuissima) add movement to this perennial planting as they sway in the breeze.

Perfect for small gardens or container planting, this pleasing combination will feed many butterflies but will be ignored by hungry deer. If you are not limited in space, you may want to select taller varieties of Echinacea, Monarda and Asters. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 7 – 8
Heat Zones 7 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
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 Asters Great Plant Combination Ideas with Echinacea - Coneflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lychnis - Campions Great Plant Combination Ideas with Monarda - Bee Balms Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses


Credit: GAP Photos/Elke Borkowski

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
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
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 Asters Great Plant Combination Ideas with Echinacea - Coneflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lychnis - Campions Great Plant Combination Ideas with Monarda - Bee Balms Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses


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