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A Wonderful Summer Border Idea with Easy-to-Grow Plants

Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Summer Borders, Fall Borders


If you are looking for a low care and long-lasting summer or fall border idea, you may want to try this combination of evergreen shrubs, ornamental grasses, colorful perennials and low-growing sedums. Wonderfully bold, it combines flower colors and shapes to create a spectacular effect.

The recipe is quite simple: interplant Crocosmia 'Lucifer', Geranium 'Rozanne', Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' (Blue Fescue), Carex comans Bronze-Leaved (New Zealand Hair Sedge), Pennisetum orientale (Oriental Fountain Grass), 2 lovely Sedums for contrasting blooms, 'Jose Aubergine' and 'Red Cauli', as well as the ravishing Thuja occidentalis 'Degroot's Spire' (American Arborvitae).

Most plants are deer resistant, drought tolerant and have won prestigious awards. They make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home too.

Enjoy from summer to fall, weeks of drama in your garden!

Garden Information

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 7 – 7
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Mediterranean Garden , Modern Garden , Prairie and Meadow , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Carex - Sedges Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocosmia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Festuca - Fescues Great Plant Combination Ideas with Geranium - Cranesbills Great Plant Combination Ideas with Pennisetum - Fountain Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Sedum - Stonecrops


GAP Photos/Richard Bloom - Foggy Bottom, The Bressingham Gardens. Designed by Adrian Bloom.

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 7 – 7
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Mediterranean Garden , Modern Garden , Prairie and Meadow , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Carex - Sedges Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocosmia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Festuca - Fescues Great Plant Combination Ideas with Geranium - Cranesbills Great Plant Combination Ideas with Pennisetum - Fountain Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Sedum - Stonecrops


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