Meadow of Flowing Grasses and Summer Blooming Perennials

This dreamy vignette is very simple, but incredibly beautiful. It exudes the magic of a summer's day—I could float away on those waves of Mexican feather grass! If you like that blowzy wild look, this combo is fairly simple to recreate in a full sun garden with well-drained soil. A word of warning: the Mexican feather grass and the Verbena bonariensis can be enthusiastic self-seeders. Though easy to remove when young, they can get a bit out of hand if you don't stay on top of them, so plan for some monitoring and maintenance.

A couple of notes about substitutions: we've specified the orange coneflower, Echinacea Sombrero® Hot Coral, though another orange would work equally well. The orange and purple creates an energetic scene with its strong contrast. A softer-colored coneflower, such as E. 'Green Envy' or E. 'Evan Saul', would cool the overall scene down and create a more romantic, gauzy effect. You might also want to keep your eye out for the newly introduced Verbena b. 'Lollipop', it's a shorter, more compact variety.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8, 9
Exposure: Afternoon Sun, Full Sun, Reflected Heat
Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low, Occasional

Design Considerations

Style: Cottage, Mediterranean, Naturalistic, Wildlife Friendly, Waterwise
Features: Fabulous Foliage, Flower Fest, Warm Colors
Focus: Hellstrip / Parking Strip, Native and Habitat
Seasons of Interest: Late Spring / Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer / Early Fall, Fall

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium

Plants In this Combo

  • Echinacea x 'Balsomcor'

    Hot Coral Coneflower

    Type: Perennial
    Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun
    Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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  • Liatris spicata 'Kobold'

    Blazing Star

    Type: Bulb / Corm / Tuber, Perennial
    Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat
    Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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  • Nasella tennuissima

    Mexican Feather Grass

    Type: Grass / Grass-Like, Perennial
    Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat
    Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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  • Verbena bonariensis

    purpletop vervain

    Type: Perennial
    Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat
    Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

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