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A Sparkling Summer Border Idea with Easy-to-Grow Perennials

Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Summer Borders, Fall Borders


How not to be magnetically attracted to this glowing perennial border of red, orange and blue. Wonderfully bold, it combines flower colors and shapes to create a spectacular effect. The formula is quite simple: interplant Asclepias tuberosa, Perovskia 'Blue Spire', Crocosmia 'Lucifer', Agapanthus 'Headbourne Hybrids', Kniphofia 'Alcazar' and Lychnis coronaria 'Alba' and enjoy weeks of drama!

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

Garden Information

Hardiness 7 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden , Informal and Cottage , Mediterranean Garden , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Agapanthus - African Lilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Asclepias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocosmia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Kniphofia - Red Hot Pokers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lychnis - Campions Great Plant Combination Ideas with Perovskia - Russian Sages


GAP Photos/Christa Brand - Weihenstephan Gardens

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 6 – 8
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden , Informal and Cottage , Mediterranean Garden , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Agapanthus - African Lilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Asclepias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocosmia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Kniphofia - Red Hot Pokers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lychnis - Campions Great Plant Combination Ideas with Perovskia - Russian Sages


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Crocosmia 'Lucifer' (Montbretia)
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