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Aesclepias tuberosa, butterfly weed and grasses, Nasella tenuissima and Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' weaving through the sunsteps by the ruin at Chanticleer in Wayne, Pennsylvania

Heliopsis helianthoides, false sunflower, flourishes in clay soil. In full sun it grows to an impressive 5 ft with long-lasting blooms. Hardy to Zone 4.

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Water-Wise Planting: Xeriscape Garden Inspiration

a gentle view....Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian sage ,Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' - Feather Reed Grass and Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'

My all-time fav perennial: Echinacea! It thrives in clay soil too! Many different varieties available. Grows to 2 to 5 ft tall Growing conditions: full sun to part shade, Zones 3-8. Piet oudolf planting at dreampark, enkoping, sweden: Echinacea purpurea 'magnus', scutellaria incana, astilbe chinensis var taquetii 'purpurlanze'. By Clive Nichols.