This plant combination emphasizing foliage and unique flowers is anchored by the extremely elegant and unusual Itea ilicifolia—this evergreen shrub is a site to behold in summer when it's clothed in pendulous, greenish-white racemes. Amenable to espaliering against a wall or a fence, it's a great choice for a protected courtyard. Though sun-tolerant, it dislikes the hot afternoon sun, so situate it accordingly. The vignette is rounded out by the big, golden foliage of the Hollard's Gold Acanthus, strappy yellow swords of the yucca, wisps of pewter-colored grass, and blooming accents from spring to summer.
Exposure: Open Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun
Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even
City and Courtyard,
Features: Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Fabulous Foliage, Four Season Appeal, Winter Interest
Focus: Year-round Interest, Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Winter, Year-round Interest, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest
Maintenance Level: medium