Foliage-driven Plant Combination Enhanced by Flowers and Fragrance

This planting combination would make a great addition to a front yard garden, adding curb appeal with its pleasing variety of foliage color, plants shapes, and textures. Evergreen plants add structure year-round. The winter daphne will fill the garden with fragrance in late winter and its leathery, deep green foliage will add visual weight. Its foliage is complemented by the ferny, evergreen foliage of Soft Caress Mahonia, an excellent wintertime food source for hummingbirds who flock to its yellow blooms. Low-growing evergreens carpet the ground—the finely textured heather is juxtaposed with the big, bold, glossy foliage of the bergenia; and the trio is rounded out by the Red Lightning Heuchera which knits multiple plants together via its yellow foliage with red veins. Perennials add flower color—the astilbe's fuzzy red spires make a showy entrance in late spring and are followed shortly thereafter by the hardy fuchsia which will remain colorful until a killing frost. The full moon maple is an exceptional slow-growing maple. Its deeply dissected leaves are handsome all season, but are especially outstanding in autumn when they put on a fantastically beautiful display of fall color.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8
Exposure: Part Sun, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun
Water Needs: Average, Low, Regular / Even, Occasional

Design Considerations

Style: Northwest Eclectic, Wildlife Friendly, Woodland, City and Courtyard
Features: Fabulous Foliage, Fall Color, Four Season Appeal, Fragrance, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Winter Interest, Zippy Color Contrasts, Wildlife Friendly
Focus: Curb Appeal, Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Year-round Interest
Seasons of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium
Maintenance Tasks: Deadheading, Divide Plants to Rejuvenate

Plants In this Combo