We have a beautiful prickly pear cactus in bloom right now that is flaunting yellow and orange blooms like a peacock does feathers. It is tucked in a garden on the south side of the house, so it thrives. In fact, this cactus is native to Kentucky even if most people only associate it with the desert Southwest.
When it comes to prickly plants, most of us automatically think of cacti in the desert; there are others with a subtler prick to consider for the mixed border. Look into adding some texture with Acanthus, Echinops and Eryngium.
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