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A Spectacular Summer Planting Idea with Dahlia, Zinnia, Chinese Aster and Ammi visnaga

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This desirable and long-lasting summer border is fairly easy to replicate in order to be enjoyed at home. It includes a few lovely ingredients. Valued for their hot and vibrant tangerine blossoms, Dahlias are beautifully leaping up out of a froth of pure white Ammi visnaga (Toothpick Weed) and long arching crimson plumes of Pennisetum setaceum (Purple Fountain Grass). They all gloriously team up with the eye-catching blossoms of Callistephus chinensis (Chinese Asters) and are underplanted with the bold orange mounds of blossoms of Zinnia 'Profusion' which contrast delightfully with the vertical purple-blue spikes of Salvia farinacea (Mealy-Cup Sage).

If kept regularly dead-headed, this striking plant combination should last until frost!

Most plants are recipient of prestigious awards and make excellent cut flowers. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 3 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 9
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 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
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Dahlias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Pennisetum - Fountain Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Salvia - Sages Great Plant Combination Ideas with Zinnia


Credit: GAP Photos/Christa Brand

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 3 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 9
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 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
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Dahlias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Pennisetum - Fountain Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Salvia - Sages Great Plant Combination Ideas with Zinnia


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