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A Stunning Perennial Planting Idea with Oriental Poppies, Irises, Alliums and Sage

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Create stunning, easy care and long-lasting border combinations for your late spring to mid summer garden, intermixing the spectacular flowers of Oriental Poppies (Papaver orientale) with the rich, cool purple flower spikes of Sage and the highly architectural Ornamental Onions (Alliums). Complement this planting with a few elegant Bearded Irises (Iris germanica) whose delicate airs will capture attention and spike the texture of this mixed border.

Most plants won prestigious awards, are drought tolerant and ignored by hungry deer and rabbits. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Alliums Great Plant Combination Ideas with Iris Germanica - Bearded Irises Great Plant Combination Ideas with Papaver - Poppies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Salvia - Sages


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 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Alliums Great Plant Combination Ideas with Iris Germanica - Bearded Irises Great Plant Combination Ideas with Papaver - Poppies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Salvia - Sages


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Papaver orientale 'Raspberry Queen' (Oriental Poppy)
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