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Mixing together different types of ornamental grasses always creates a visually terrific contrast in the landscape. This lovely border is a perfect example of that where decorative grasses of different colors, textures and shapes have been pleasantly combined for a long season of interest, extending to winter!

ornamental grasses mugwort (Artemisia ludoviciana) 'Silver Queen' Morning Star Sedge (Carex grayi) Curry Plant(Helichrysum italicum Lamp Polishers Grass (Pennisetum viridescens) x vervain(Verbena Bonariensis)

Sedum, Salvias, Origanum, Erigeron, and Stipa gigantea

Soft prarie planting: Sedum, Salvias, Origanum, Erigeron and Stipa gigantea and provides year round structure, texture and colour. Photos courtesy of Sarah Price and Rachel Warne.

Astrantia major 'Claret' - This is one of the darkest-flowered astrantias, with deep, ruby red pincushion-like flowers with a ruff of longer bracts than many other varieties. The leaves are pretty too; deeply lobed and dark green. Although it is an old cottage-garden favourite, this astrantia works equally well in contemporary-style plantings. Use towards the front of a sunny, yet moist border, where the flower colour can be fully appreciated.

MAY AND JUNE BLOOMS Astrantia major 'Claret': Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, moist, preferably humus-rich soil Rate of growth: average to fast Flowering period:June to August Hardiness: fully hardy

Simple and pretty   Site Planning: Contemporary Garden Design, West Finchley

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Calamagrostis brachytricha+Verbena Bonariensis

sublime planting at Le Jardin Plume Normandy France - Verbena bonariensis+Calmagrostis brachytricha at Jardin Plume, September 2011

Courtyard Garden

Outdoor spaces do not have to large. This small courtyard space is a lush, peaceful retreat for outdoor dining and relaxing.