Foliage Combo for Morning Sun, Afternoon Shade

This foliage-forward planting combination looks good nearly year-round thank to attractive and colorful foliage in a range of textures and colors. Also offers a pleasing seasonal flow; thanks to the ever-evolving oakleaf hydrangea: bold foliage contrasts with neighboring fine foliage, panicle blooms decorate the shrub in summer, and fall color extends the season even further. Anchored by dwarf shrubs, this combo is perfect for tucking into a small spot in your garden.  Try it under an upright, red-leaf Japanese maple such as Acer palmatum 'Fireglow' (or similar) to round out the scene. Performs best if its foliage is protected from the hot afternoon blast of sun.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Exposure: Open Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Part Sun
Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even

Design Considerations

Style: City and Courtyard, Northwest Eclectic, Woodland
Features: Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Fabulous Foliage, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest
Focus: Curb Appeal, Mixed Border, Small Space
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest, Year-round Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plants In this Combo