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A Terrific Border Idea with Kniphofia, Lobelia, Helenium and Canna

Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Summer Borders, Fall Borders


Create striking summer borders like this one! Combine the unusual shapes and brilliant colors of Kniphofias (Red Hot Pokers) with the eye-catching vertical blossoms of Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower) and the impressive stature of orange-flowered Cannas. Amass these plants in bold swathes together with warm-tinted Sneezeweed (Helenium) and enjoy weeks of color!

The hot colors of this summer border also attract more than the human eye. It is attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds but deer and rabbit will ignore it.

All plants have won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
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 Helenium - Sneezeweeds Great Plant Combination Ideas with Kniphofia - Red Hot Pokers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lobelia


Credit: GAP Photos/Heather Edwards, Location: RHS Rosemoor

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 1 – 8
Climate Zones 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
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 Helenium - Sneezeweeds Great Plant Combination Ideas with Kniphofia - Red Hot Pokers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lobelia


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Canna 'Wyoming' (Canna Lily)
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