• Waterwise Gardening | David Salman

6 Late Summer Flowering Plant Combos

Plants always look better when combined with other plants that provide pleasing contrasts with flower color, plant form and foliage texture. Here are a few plant combinations that not only look great together but also have the same preferred growing conditions, watering requirements and soil preferences that are well matched.

Late Summer Perfection

Sun loving flowers and textures

Gaura lindheimeri Intermountain Beauty, Oenothera fremontii 'Shimmer'​ and Bouteloua 'Blonde Ambition'

Native Plants with Late Season Color

Agastache rupestis, Gaura lindheimeri Intermountain Beauty and Engelmannia peristinia

Shady Color for Pollinators

Salvia arizonica 'Deep Blue', Aquilegia chrysantha, Ajuga reptans Catlin's Giant

Full Sun Succulents

Bulbine abysinnica and Phemeranthus calycinum

Prairie Companions

Plant that come to us from native prairies but thrive in our high desert gardens.

Eryngium yuccafolium, Engelmannia peristinia and Muhlenbergia reverchonii 'Ruby Muhly'

Sun Loving Perennial Combo

Gaura 'Rosy Jane' ((Pink Appleblossom Grass) & Salvia sylvestris 'Caradonna' (European Meadow Sage)

The white and pink appleblossom shaped flowers of Rosy Jane are perfect for the dark blue flower spikes of ‘Caradonna’. Sun loving, these two perennials are a good choice for sunny spots that get some supplemental irrigation. Deadhead to keep the flowers coming all summer.

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