This planting combination engages a variety of plant shapes and foliage textures in a simple color scheme, reliant on shades of green and white, to deliver a planting combination for a woodland garden that is serene, easy on the eyes, and soothing to the spirit. The bones, comprised of a trio of evergreens: the rhododendron, fern, and dwarf Japanese cedar, deliver the steady evergreen backdrop. Though selected primarily for foliage that exhibits silvery-white indumentum on its new growth, Rhododendron yak. 'Van Zile', is briefly adorned by soft pink blooms in spring. Also in late spring to early summer, crisp white, lightly fragrant blooms cover the Natchez mock orange. From spring to fall, the mounds of variegated foliage of Hosta 'Patriot' contribute to the fresh and cool color motif.
Exposure: Open Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun
Water Needs: Average
Features: Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Romantic Cool Colors, Fabulous Foliage, Winter Interest
Focus: Color Theme, Curb Appeal, Mixed Border
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest, Year-round Interest
Maintenance Level: low