Border garden

Fantastic Flower Border

For knockout, low-maintenance color, this perennial combination really packs a punch. Large sweeps of gold daylilies, purple and white Japanese irises, and pink lythrum help bring a vivid, unified front of this home.

The landscape architect even planted 15 'Morden's Pink' lythrum, a clump-forming version of the loosestrife that grows wild throughout the eastern United States. This mix of 'Gateway' Joe-pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum 'Gateway'), spike blazing star (Liatris spicata 'Kobold'), Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), and threadleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb') was not originally what the homeowners had in mind. They were interested in Southern signature evergreens. But the landscape architect advised that after many of the trees were cleared, the slope would be more suited to a colorful perennial border. Now, that glorious display renews every year in a blaze of color.

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