Pretty Foliage and Flowers Create 3+ Seasons of Beauty

Though the tough and easy-to-grow ground-covering Veronica p. 'Georgia Blue' starts blooming in early spring, this plant combination really comes into its own in high summer when the hydrangea adds floral fun to this otherwise foliage-driven scene. Acer palmatum 'Seiryu' is a late-season stunner with its top-shelf display of fall color. A matrix of ground-hugging evergreen plants add a carpet of color from foliage and flower. The narrow columnar shrub is evergreen and thanks to its narrow footprint, is especially useful for creating a screen or division of space in small gardens.

This combo works with or without the suggested tree (Acer palmatum 'Seiryu') and the plans available for download include versions that include the tree and versions that do not.


Growing Conditions

Zone: 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Filtered Sun, Full Shade, Morning Sun, Open Shade, Part Sun

Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even

Design Considerations

Style: City and Courtyard, Northwest Eclectic, Woodland
Features: Fabulous Foliage, Fall Color, Romantic Cool Colors, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form
Focus: Curb Appeal, Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Year-round Interest
Seasons of Interest: Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Spring, Summer, Three Seasons of Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low, medium

Plants In this Combo

  • Acer palmatum 'Seiryu'

    Seiryu Japanese Maple

    Type: Tree
    Exposure: Part Sun, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

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  • Carex oshimensis 'Everest'

    Everest Weeping Sedge

    Type: Grass / Grass-Like, Groundcover, Perennial
    Exposure: Part Sun, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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  • Heuchera 'Georgia Plum'

    Georgia Plum Coral Bells

    Type: Perennial
    Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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  • Hosta 'Patriot'

    Patriot Hosta

    Type: Perennial
    Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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  • Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pia'

    Pink Elf French Hydrangea

    Type: Shrub
    Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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  • Taxus x media 'Bean Pole'

    Bean Pole Yew

    Type: Conifer, Shrub
    Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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  • Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue'

    Georgia Blue Speedwell

    Type: Groundcover, Perennial
    Exposure: Afternoon Sun, Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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