Easy Care Plant Combo with Fantastic Foliage

Overall, this plant combination strikes a pleasant balance between robust winter/all-season structure and a lively, free-flowering succession of blooming plants from spring to fall.

The evergreen anchors of this arrangement include the sturdy, resilient, and architecturally striking presence of Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ and the low, spreading, finely-textured golden foliage of the conifer, Juniperus chinensis ‘Daub’s Frosted’. The repeated color echo and the strong contrast in shape between these two plants create an appealing tension.

The burgundy foliage of Berberis thunbergii ‘Concorde’ adds a striking color contrast with the Yucca and Juniper, while the ground-hugging lamb's ears (Stachys byzantina ‘Helene von Stein’) contribute a carpet of gray foliage which is also attractive in combination with the barberry's red leaves.

In terms of flowers, the lilac shrub takes the stage in spring with panicles of purple blooms. As the seasons progress, Echinacea ‘Aloha’ and Phlomis fruticosa enhance the display. Both bloom over an extended period, and their interesting seed pods continue to provide visual interest and food for birds and insects well after the blooms fade. In fall, the ornamental grass steals the spotlight with its airy blooms that sway in the breeze and capture the light.

This low-maintenance plant combination thrives in full sun and requires minimal water. It performs well in USDA Zones 7 and 8, and it's likely to flourish in Zone 9 too.

Coming soon: detailed planting plans that will help you to incorporate this plant combination in your garden.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8
Exposure: Full Sun
Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low

Design Considerations

Style: Mediterranean, Northwest Eclectic, Waterwise
Features: Attracts Pollinator, Drought Tolerant, Fabulous Foliage, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form
Focus: Curb Appeal, Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Saving Water
Seasons of Interest: Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plants In this Combo