Plants - Perennials

Sensational summer plant combos

By
Judith Adam
Photography by
Roger Yip

Learn how to organize the plant combinations in your garden

Seasonal partners (late summer)
‘Paprika' yarrow (Achillea millefolium ‘Paprika'), 60 x 60 cm, full sun, Zone 3

Violet Queen Italian aster (Aster amellus ‘Veilchenkönigin' [Violet Queen]), 45 x 30 cm, full sun, Zone 5

‘Pink Cloud' heath aster (A. ericoides ‘Pink Cloud'), 75 x 45 cm, full sun, Zone 4

‘Flora's Delight' aster (A. x frikartii ‘Flora's Delight'), 45 x 45 cm, full sun, Zone 6

‘Bluebird' smooth aster (A. laevis ‘Bluebird'), 90 x 45 cm, full sun, Zone 5

‘Kim's Knee High' purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Kim's Knee High'), 60 x 30 cm, full sun to part shade, Zone 4

‘Gateway' Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium ssp. maculatum ‘Gateway'), 150 x 60 cm, part shade to full sun, Zone 4

Willow gentian (Gentiana asclepiadea), 45 x 30 cm, part to full shade, Zone 6

‘Frances Williams' hosta (Hosta ‘Frances Williams'), 1 x 1.3 m, part to full shade, Zone 3

‘Morning Light' eulalia grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light'), 1.5 m x 90 cm, full sun to part shade, Zone 6

Variegated purple Moor grass (Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Variegata'), 60 x 60 cm, part shade to full sun, Zone 4

Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) 120 x 90 cm, full sun, Zone 5

Ornamental Chinese rhubarb (Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum), 120 x 90 cm, part shade to full sun, Zone 4

‘Albomarginata' Japanese toadlily (Tricyrtis hirta ‘Albomarginata'), 60 x 45 cm, part to full shade, Zone 5

Where to get them—key
Achillea millefolium ‘Paprika': 1, Alchemilla mollis: 2, Aster amellus ‘Violet Queen': 3, A. ericoides ‘Pink Cloud': 4, A. x frikartii ‘Flora's Delight': 5, A. laevis ‘Bluebird': 6, Clematis x durandii: 7, Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam': 8, Digitalis purpurea ssp. albiflora: 9, Echinacea purpurea ‘Kim's Knee High': 10, Eupatorium maculatum ‘Gateway': 11, Gentiana asclepiadea: 12, Geranium ‘Ann Folkard': 13, G. pratense ‘Midnight Reiter': 14, G. psilostemon ‘Rozanne': 15, Hosta ‘Frances Williams': 16, Liatris spicata ‘Kobold': 17, Lilium ‘Connecticut King': 18, Linaria purpurea ‘Canon J. Went': 19, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light': 20, Molinia caerulea ‘Variegata': 21, Perovskia atriplicifolia: 22, Polemonium caeruleum ‘Snow and Sapphires': 23, Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum: 24, Thalictrum delavayi ‘Hewitt's Double': 25, Tricyrtis hirta ‘Albomarginata': 26.

Sources
Brookside Perennials: 1-3, 5, 10, 11, 14, 16, 22, 23.

Centre du Jardin Deux-Montagnes Inc.: 1, 2, 8, 11, 16, 17, 20, 22.

Don & Anna's Greenhouses and Garden Centre: 16, 17.

Down to Earth Gardens: 2.

El Summit Perennials Nursery: 1, 8, 12, 19.

Fraser’s Thimble Farms: 2, 12, 17, 22, 24, 25.

Hole’s Greenhouses & Gardens Ltd.: 1-3, 7-9, 11, 17, 18, 22-25.

Pleasant Valley Nurseries Ltd.: 2, 8, 10.

Richbar Nursery Ltd.: 8, 17, 22.

Richmond Nursery Ltd.: 1-6, 8-11, 13-17, 19-26.

Wild Things Plant Farm: 2, 8, 12, 16, 17, 20, 22.

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