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Sizzling Summer Garden

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Create an arresting display with many vibrant colors by following this plan for a flower bed.


This captivating 8x8-ft. bed features stop-the-car colors to light up a sunny corner. Long-lasting color is topped off with a fragrant and floriferous butterfly bush to attract winged visitors as well as passersby. Knock Out roses pack a punch visually, and Autumn Fire sedum ignites the corners. Black-eyed Susans and dwarf Asiatic lilies sprinkle some sunshine, while purple verbena and lavender-blue pincushion flowers soften the border's edge.

Plant List

A) Gaura, Zones 6-9 or annual

B) Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Zones 4-9

C) Knock Out rose (Rosa), Zones 4-9

D) Dusty miller (Senecio cineraria), Zones 8-11 or annual

E) Verbena, Zones 9-15 or annual

F) Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii), Zones 6-9 (roots winter hardy to Zone 5)

G) Autumn Fire sedum, Zones 3-9

H) Asiatic lily (Lilium), Zones 3-8

I) Gazania, Zones 8-10 or annual

J) Blanket flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora), Zones 3-8

K) Pincushion flower (Scabiosa columbaria), Zones 3-8