Layers of lush, colorful foliage, in a mix of textures and color, provide interest spring to fall in this mixed border. With its reliance on foliage, this planting combination doesn't require fussy maintenance like deadheading. In fact the star of this vignette, Hydrangea serrata 'Preziosa', has a pleasing progression of color in its blooms and foliage; the flowers start out ivory, fade to pink, and intensify until they're deep crimson by fall; the foliage also takes begins to take on burgundy tones that gets richer as the season unfolds. A pleasing blue foliage echo bounces between Hosta 'Halcyon' and Rosa glauca, the interest further enhanced by their contrasting textures. Finely textured, golden foliage of the Japanese forest grass has a wonderfully relaxed and cascading growth habit and looks fantastic next to the bold, blue foliage of the hosta. Evergreen players in the scene include Astelia 'Red Gem' and Heuchera 'Plum Pudding' in the foreground, and Rhamnus alaternus 'Argentovariegata' provides the backdrop.
Exposure: Open Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Part Sun
Water Needs: Average
Features: Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Fabulous Foliage, Flower Fest
Focus: Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest
Maintenance Level: medium