Fresh Light Foliage Combo with Burgundy Accents

This combination wants evenly moist soil with plenty of bright light, though will do best if protected from the hot afternoon sun. Situate the true shade-lovers, like the fern, ginger, and hosta, so that they're protected from blasts of sun—on the north side of the vignette and/or under the "skirt" of the larger plants. Contrasting textures and plant shapes create a pleasing composition. A thread of burgundy stands out against the mostly light-colored foliage. To amp up the cold-hardiness of this combination, substitute Buxus s. 'Aureovariegata' for the Tricolor hebe.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 8, 9
Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even

Design Considerations

Style: City and Courtyard, Northwest Eclectic, Woodland
Features: Fabulous Foliage, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Winter Interest
Focus: Curb Appeal, Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Privacy and Screening
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