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A Traditional and Fragrant Summer Border Idea

Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Summer Borders


Shrub Roses can be combined effectively with long-blooming perennials. This superb traditional border is a good example, where the delicate cascade of intensely fragrant, golden double rosettes of David Austin's English Rose 'Graham Thomas' have been underplanted with the lavender blooms of Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant' (Catmint) and the contrasting bright yellow foliage of Alchemilla mollis (Lady's Mantle). These perennial plants are natural Rose companion plants which are perfect for hiding their leggy stems.

Most plants have won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. Easy to grow, they require moderate maintenance and will attract the energy of butterflies and hummingbirds. Most of them are deer and rabbit resistant too!

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Formal Garden , Traditional Garden

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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 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Formal Garden , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Alchemilla - Lady's Mantle Great Plant Combination Ideas with Nepeta - Catmints Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses


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