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An Eye-Catching Border Idea with Allium, Lamb's Ears and Grasses

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Spring Borders, Summer Borders


In this pairing, the excitement comes from color-play and contrast of shape. Popping up from flowerbeds like so many out-stretched ostrich necks, tall alliums excel as elegant vertical accents with architectural interest. Their formal spherical shape, sturdy stem and large purple flower provide succinct contrast to the curved shapes and airiness of the yellow-green bunch-forming ornamental grass and velvety silver carpet. This sophisticated combination pulses with quiet energy.

Easy to replicate, low maintenance, drought tolerant and deer resistant!

Garden Information

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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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 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Alliums Great Plant Combination Ideas with Festuca - Fescues Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stachys


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