Oct 29, 2015
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. ..
Oct 26, 2015
Aralia cordata 'Sun King' (middle) with its bold foliage offers its steady presence from spring to frost and is complimented by the long-blooming Fuchsia magellenica 'Aurea' (left). The bold versus fine foliage delivers lively textural contrast that is further enhanced by the exceptionally long bloom period of the hardy fuchsia. The gold foliage of both brighten the scene all summer long. This duo is the epitome of EEEE-ZEEEEEE and becomes a no-brainer when paired with the Hinoki cypress (right) with its rich, luscious green foliage providing the year-round back drop that delivers the steady background beat. ..
Sep 30, 2015
This trio of perennials, selected primarily for foliage, is best suited for a part shade situation; morning sun and afternoon shade would be ideal. ..
Aug 31, 2015
This is an easy and low maintenance planting combination for full sun gardens in temperate growing zones, zone 8a or warmer. ..
Aug 23, 2015
The dramatic and stark differences in foliage shape, color, and form are the basis of this energetic and engaging duo. ..
Aug 13, 2015
The bright, glossy, and resilient evergreen foliage of Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' makes a wonderful all-season edger in a variety of conditions but does best in afternoon shade with regular irrigation. Its golden
tones in combination with the vibrant and succulent yellow foliage of Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart' make for a stunningly vibrant pairing that shines especially bright in spring when the bleeding heart is adorned with pendulous drops of pink blooms.
Peeking in on the upper right corner is Impatiens omeiana; adding a harmonious
backbeat with its multi-tone green foliage. This dynamic trio will light up your shady border for months on end.
Jul 31, 2015
Every gardener falls in love with certain plants only to discover (sometimes the hard way) that they aren't going to thrive in their garden, due to incompatibilities with space, sunlight or other plants. The hard truth is that no matter how lovely a planting combination appears to be in your cart at the nursery, the plants won't grow to their potential when placed together if they aren't culturally compatible. ..
Jun 06, 2015
May 25, 2015
This planting combination relies on foliage color and texture to deliver all-season good looks. Included in this garden scene, clockwise from upper left: ..
May 20, 2015
This quietly sophisticated planting combination relies on foliage color and texture to deliver all-season good looks. ..
Apr 30, 2015
This foliage-driven, mostly-monochromatic planting scheme reads elegant and sophisticated. The bold, white variegated foliage of the Fatsia adds sparkle and drama. Though not evident in this photo, the Podocarpus adds a lot of changing color to the mix; it takes on bronze tones in winter and its new growth is creamy aging to pink. ..
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