Colorful Quartet for Late Summer Color

This quartet of hard-working, summer-loving perennials adds vibrant blooms to the late season garden; blooming from high summer into late fall, this colorful combo is alive with hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. The unusual coloring of Helenium 'Carnival' is accentuated by its proximity to Penstemon 'Garnet' which shares a similar blooming season. Agastache 'Blue Adder, a compact variety of hummingbird mint, contributes aromatic foliage and a contrasting flower shape with its blue spires. To create a meadow-like tapestry of blooms and foliage, intersperse the flowering perennials around scattered clumps of the evergreen Autumn moor grass (Sesleria autumnalis). This drought tolerant planting combination needs full sun and well draining soil.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8
Exposure: Afternoon Sun, Full Sun
Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low

Design Considerations

Style: Cottage, Northwest Eclectic
Features: Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Flower Fest, Hot Vibrant Colors, Attracts Pollinator, Wildlife Friendly
Focus: Hellstrip / Parking Strip, Saving Water
Seasons of Interest: Summer, Fall

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium

Plants In this Combo