This planting combination looks great just about year-round thanks to a reliance on fabulous foliage for making its statement. Blue and burgundy foliage make a classic garden pair; the blues cool it down and the burgundies jazz it up. Three shrubs anchor the scene: the Japanese maple, Acer palmatum 'Shaina', is a compact, slow-growing, shrubby small tree with vibrant burgundy foliage; it's joined by Rhododendron 'Yak Van Zile' and Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Snow', a duo of perfect companions with their varied texture and common foliage color of bluish white. A dwarf selection of Bergenia called Angel Kiss offer white blooms with a dark eye that sets off a color echo to the foliage of Heuchera 'Amethyst Myst'. Mondo grass unifies all with a finely textured mat of rich green foliage.
Exposure: Open Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun, Full Shade
Water Needs: Average
Features: Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Fabulous Foliage, Winter Interest
Focus: Year-round Interest, Curb Appeal, Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Small Space
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Year-round Interest, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest
Maintenance Level: low