Mixed Foliage Textures and Summer Flowers Offer Multi-Season Display

This planting combination is sure to please any garden enthusiast. It offers interesting, ever-evolving, display that looks good over a very long season.  Its Pacific Northwest woodland vibe is both charming and elegant. This scheme will do well in part sun, open shade, or even full sun, if the conditions are not too harsh.

One of the standout plants in this combination is the Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Green Arrow'. This evergreen conifer creates a curtain of foliage that can be planted as a single specimen or in multiples to create privacy in any garden setting. Its downward draping branches are a perfect complement to the autumn-blooming camellia, which boasts glossy green foliage and delicate flowers from fall into winter.

Another fantastic shrub in this combination is the Oakleaf hydrangea, specifically the variety Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen'. This shrub looks great nearly year-round and is tolerant of a fair amount of sun. Its large foliage is wonderful in contrast with finely-textured foliage such as that of the Fine Line buckthorn and the weeping Alaskan yellow cedar. In summer, blooming panicles start out ivory but take on pink tones as the season progresses and by fall they take on rich red tones. The large leathery foliage transitions from its summertime green to a stunning display of fall foliage color by autumn. After the foliage drops, the exfoliating bark of the shrub provides additional interest.

The Rhamnus 'Fine Line' adds a pop of yellow fall color that contrasts nicely with the red tones of the oakleaf hydrangea's fall color. The Golden Triumph Japanese boxwood frames all these plants with its all-season foliage that adds a sense of order and enclosure for a tapestry flowering perennials that add color over a very long bloom season from early summer to late summer, with some straggling blooms into fall.

The coreopsis and reblooming variety of daylily are two flowering perennials that add color to this combination over an extended period. The frothy soft yellow daisy-like flowers of the coreopsis are nice in combination with the larger flowerhead of the daylily. The yellow throat of the red daylily links and echoes the flower color of the coreopsis. The reddish-maroon, fragrant spires of the hummingbird mint are attractive for a very long blooming period and its shape, coupled with the daisy-shaped coreopsis, and trumpet-shaped daylily are attractive in combination thanks to their diverse shapes but continuing thread of color.

The golden edge of the boxwood's evergreen leaves add a sparkle when the camellia is in bloom, echoing the color of its stamens for a clever color echo.

Overall, this planting combination offers something for everyone. It brings months of enjoyment and garden beauty thanks to its succession of blooms, its evolving display of foliage, and its variety in terms of overall plant shapes and textures. Whether you're looking for privacy or just want to add some visual interest to your garden, this scheme delivers!

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun
Water Needs: Average

Design Considerations

Style: Northwest Eclectic, Woodland
Features: Fabulous Foliage, Fall Color, Four Season Appeal, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Winter Interest
Focus: Curb Appeal, Efficient Use of Space, Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Privacy and Screening, Small Space, Year-round Interest
Seasons of Interest: Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest, Year-round Interest

Care and Maintenance

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

Plants In this Combo