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A Very Attractive Border Idea for Your Garden

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Spring Borders, Summer Borders


This plant combination demonstrates that ornamental and edible plants can be mixed together with great success.

Sitting in front of the statuesque Yucca gloriosa (Spanish Dagger) and surrounded by the fiery red blossoms of Geum 'Mrs J. Bradshaw' (Avens) and Aquilegia 'Crimson Star' (Columbine), or the electric blue blooms of Centaurea montana (Mountain Cornflower) is the edible Atriplex hortensis Var. rubra (Red Mountain Spinach). Pull off its tasty, soft textured, deep purple-red leaves and eat them in delicious salads or cooked like spinach!

For great contrast, it is interplanted with perennial plants exhibiting very attractive foliage such as the variegated sedum 'Autumn Charm' or the chartreuse leaves of Tanacetum parthemium 'Aureum'(Golden Feverfew).

Easy to replicate, most of the plants selected for this spectacular summer border are deer, rabbit or drought tolerant!

Garden Information

Hardiness 7 – 8
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Aquilegia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Centaurea - Cornflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Geum - Avens Great Plant Combination Ideas with Sedum - Stonecrops Great Plant Combination Ideas with Tanacetum Great Plant Combination Ideas with Yucca


GAP Photos//Jonathan Buckley - Design: John Massey, Ashwood Nurseries

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 7 – 8
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Aquilegia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Centaurea - Cornflowers Great Plant Combination Ideas with Geum - Avens Great Plant Combination Ideas with Sedum - Stonecrops Great Plant Combination Ideas with Tanacetum Great Plant Combination Ideas with Yucca


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Geum 'Mrs J. Bradshaw' (Avens)
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