Plant Combination for Part Shade with Easy-care Summer Blooms, Framed by Fab Foliage

This pint-sized plant combination is perfect for adding low-maintenance color to a courtyard garden or for tucking into a shaded nook in a larger garden. A duo of long-blooming doers—the compact, reblooming hydrangea and the hardy fuchsia—look fantastic together and provide colorful flowers from early summer into late fall. The foliage frame is comprised of the all-season plum yew and dwarf cryptomeria and is complemented by the flowing golden foliage of the Japanese forest grass, which contributes to the scene from early spring to late fall. This combo is simple and easy to recreate in your home garden. If you have trouble locating the exact hydrangea or hardy fuchsia, look to create a color echo with a similarly complementary pair.

Growing Conditions

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

Design Considerations

Style: City and Courtyard, Cottage, Northwest Eclectic, Woodland
Features: Fabulous Foliage, Flower Fest, Four Season Appeal, Harmonious Colors, Low Maintenance, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Winter Interest
Focus: Curb Appeal, Efficient Use of Space, Mixed Border, Small Space
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plants In this Combo