Feb 17, 2017
The current trend toward simpler, tidier gardens points toward using a more restricted palette of plants. While landing on a small number of plants to use in your garden can be an effective means of achieving a cohesive whole, simplicity is not necessarily simple to achieve. But there are at least three good reasons to consider limiting yourself in this way when creating your garden. ..
Jan 27, 2017
These easy-care perennials may be low-maintenance, but they are high value assets when it comes to creating garden vignettes that will look fantastic in your garden month after month — they give, give, give, and ask for so little in return! All of the perennials on this list will thrive on a well-timed, once-a-year maintenance task. The secret is in knowing what to do, when to do it, and what clues to look for to help figure it out. See below for plant recommendations under one the following maintenance tasks: ..
Jan 01, 2016
Dec 16, 2015
Plants in this combo were selected with consideration for a color theme and for delivering reliable blooms, even in a shady location. The light and bright
foliage and flower will brighten up a dark area in your garden. It's best with morning sun and afternoon shade or it would really love an open shade
situation offering filtered light all day. That said, this combo can take a fair amount of sun in Pacific Northwest gardens, though do avoid situating
it in the afternoon blast and do make sure it receives regular summer irrigation if it's in a sunny spot.
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. ..
Oct 11, 2015
WHY IT WORKS: This combination has strong all-season structure because of the evergreen shrubs as well as a pleasant seasonal flow provided by the spring blooms of the rhody and colorful emerging foliage of the fern. The bold foliage of the bear's britches (Acanthus 'Hollard's Gold') looks great for months on end; from early spring and during (the occasional) exceptionally mild Pacific Northwest winter, it can look good year-round if growing in a sheltered position. ..
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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