Plan for Serene Woodland Garden

This simple and serene planting scheme is composed of sweeps and drifts of foliage-first, low-maintenance plants enhanced by a summer-blooming panicle hydrangea and a smattering of blue blooms at its feet.

It's anchored by Stewartia pseudocamellia, a four-season tree with attractive bark all year, summer flowers and wonderful fall color. The Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight's apple-green blooms age to pink as they mature, providing interest from summer to fall, even remaining attractive when dried blooms remain on bare branch. Grassy golden foliage and the attractive, hard-working Hosta 'June' light up the ground plane while the rich green foliage of the evergreen ferns provide a tough but delicate-looking frame all year. A fringe of Veronica 'Georgia Blue' provides just-enough flower power early in the year with a more sporadic re-bloom through the summer and fall. An upright plum yew in deep green provides vertical lift and year-round structure.

Growing Conditions

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

Design Considerations

Style: City and Courtyard, Modern, Northwest Eclectic, Woodland
Features: Romantic Cool Colors, Fabulous Foliage, Fall Color, Flower Fest, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest
Focus: Year-round Interest, Color Theme, Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plants In this Combo