WHY IT WORKS: This planting combination for your garden is ultra low maintenance without sacrificing style. With its reliance on foliage, not flower, this tough, drought-tolerant quartet relies on a variety of colors and textures that keep the scene interesting year-round.
Choisya ternata 'Gold Fingers' brings a spot of sunlight wherever its planted. This Mexican orange with golden, finely cut, evergreen foliage is new-ish on the market. Use it in the garden like you would its better known cousin, Choisya 'Sundance', to provide a spot of foliage color to your mixed borders or as a foundation plant to add year-round structure to your garden.
Cupressus macrocarpa 'Wilma Goldcrest' is a finely textured, columnar conifer with vivid, acid-green foliage that makes a striking focal point in the garden. Aromatic foliage exudes a lemon scent when touched. Its chartreuse foliage makes a great color accent year-round, but screams for attention during the gray days of winter. To maintain compact habit it may be lightly sheared.
Sutherland hebe (Hebe pinquifolia 'Sutherlandii') an excellent, winter hardy evergreen, with gray-blue leaves is great as a foliage specimen in a mixed planting bed or can be very effective when used en masse to create rivers of structure-providing groundcover. This finely textured bun looks great year-round though in spring, and/or early summer, it’s covered with white blooms which add to the appeal.
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Burgundy Bunny' is a compact fountain grass with burgundy foliage that is most intense late summer into fall. From midsummer onward it's covered in frothy bloom panicles. Wonderful in a sunny spot; pepper them about as single spots of burgundy foliage and frothy bloom or mass them as a groundcover. Either way, cute as a bunny!
The emphasis of the above combination is on the delivery all-season good looks via a pleasing combination of foliage and textures and it's a perfectly lovely combination as presented. However, if you'd like to amp up the scene with some flower power, I'd recommend adding some super easy care Merlot coneflower (Echinacea 'Merlot') to the scene. This easy care perennial delivers a blooms over a long season and its a magnet for bees, butterflies and hummers.
Best suited for gardens in USDA Zone 8 to 9.
To perform well, this combination needs full sun. Though its water needs will be modest, once established.
To try this planting combination out in your garden, use the plan view schematic below as a guide for placement.