Mixed Border with Woodland Vibe Anchored by Stewartia monadelpha

This front-garden-worthy foundation planting scheme features a simple and sophisticated plant palette. The headliner is Stewartia monadelpha, a deserving tree for small gardens where we can only grow a few trees. In tight spots like this, the bar is high and this tree delivers with its summer bloom, fall color, and beautiful bark. Rounding out the scene is a composition of foliage in blue, silver and green in a variety of sizes and textures. A good balance of evergreen plants, in collaboration with the winter blooming hellebores ensures a good show in the off season as well.


Growing Conditions

Zone: 6, 7, 8
Exposure: Open Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun, Full Shade
Water Needs: Average

Design Considerations

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

Care and Maintenance


Maintenance Level: medium

Plants In this Combo