This planting combination relies on foliage color and texture to deliver all-season good looks. Included in this garden scene, clockwise from upper left:
This Phormium was purchased as P. 'Maori Queen' though there’s some doubt about whether that is the actual variety. Suspicion is that it’s P. 'Maori Maiden'. No matter, the most important thing in terms of this planting scheme is to select one with vibrant coloring, a relaxed habit, some indication that it doesn't want to get too large, AND an understanding that it may not be a long term addition to the garden as its marginally hardy in Pacific Northwest gardens.
A classic for good reason, Hosta 'June' is a top-notch perennial that is most certainly worth growing; reliable and beautiful. She's a keeper!
This species rhodie, Rhododendron pachysanthum was selected on the basis of its foliage moreso than flower. The new foliage of Rhododendron pachysanthum has a hairy texture, called indumentum, on its new growth which is attractive and early evidence suggests it has the added benefit of deterring the dreaded rhododendron lace bug that has been plaguing rhododendrons in the Pacific Northwest.
x Heucherella 'Sweet Tea' is a reliable and versatile semi-evergreen perennial. Its foliage color is a bit hard to pin down; sometimes pink or salmon tones predominate, other times it reads more bronze. In any case, its colored foliage pairs wonderfully with a variety of partners; it plays well with the pink and tan tones shown here but is especially wonderful with blue and/or silver foliage.
Carex conica 'Snowline' (AKACarex conica 'Hime Kan-Suge') is a top-notch evergreen grass. This finely textured sedge forms a low mat and makes an excellent edger and/or small-scale groundcover with white variegation that adds sparkle and lightness to the scene.
Diascia 'Redstart' is an easy to grow, long-blooming annual that adds a touch of flower power to the scene.
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