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A Striking Summer Border Idea with Echinops and Agastache

Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Summer Borders


Awash with colors and shapes, this fabulous perennial planting brilliantly associates the bold, steel blue globe-shaped flowers of Echinops ritro (Globe Thistle) with the vertical purple spires of Anise Hyssop (Agastache). Created by world acclaimed designer, Piet Oudolf, at RHS Wisley Garden, Surrey, this naturalized perennial combination enjoys a long season of interest, is drought tolerant, deer resistant, low maintenance and a real magnet to butterflies and bees!

To create this prairie looking design, amass these plants in bold swathes.

Garden Information

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 11
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 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 Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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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 6 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 11
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 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 Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Agastache - Hyssops Great Plant Combination Ideas with Echinops - Globe Thistles


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