This quietly sophisticated planting combination relies on foliage color and texture to deliver all-season good looks.
Included in this garden scene, clockwise from upper right:
Cryptomeria japonica 'Rein's Dense Jade' is a strong anchor with rich green, finely textured evergreen foliage that's handsome year round.
Elegant and flowing, the golden foliage of Japanese Forest Grass ( Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola') adds a light and bright note as well. What a workhorse this plant is!
Hosta 'Halcyon' is a reliable mid-size hosta with blue foliage.
While not completely without risk of loss due to winter weather extremes, Astelia nivicola 'Red Gem' has been pretty reliable in Portland area gardens and seems to be a bit more impervious to weather extremes than Astelia nervosa 'Westland'.
Podocarpus lawrencei 'Blue Gem' is a finely textured blue evergreen that is supremely useful. It’s quite flexible in terms of growing conditions, tolerating sites that are very sunny to quite shady. Tolerant of summer water, but not a slave to it. A strong grower, yet able to be kept to a manageable size, if desired, by pruning.
Stachyurus praecox is not widely grown, but deserves to be used more! It's primarily known for its winter display of pendulous creamy white flowers though it also delivers a respectable display of golden fall color.
(Garden design by Darcy Daniels of Bloomtown Gardens.)
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