Enjoy Year-Round Beauty From 4 Season Foliage and Spring to Fall Flowers

This part-sun plant combination promises delight from spring through fall and beyond, offering a dynamic interplay of seasonally changing elements. From pretty flowers to colorful foliage and flowing movement, there's always something to enjoy.

Acer japonicum 'Acontifolium' takes center stage in this planting, showcasing its exceptional beauty with unfurling spring foliage that transforms into large, palm-shaped green leaves. The standout feature is its remarkable fall color, making it a true highlight of this ensemble.

Providing year-round structure are evergreen shrubs that anchor and ground the scene. A variegated boxwood (Buxus m. 'Golden Triumph'), a golden dwarf hinoki conifer (Chamaecyparis o. 'Nana Lutea'), and a dark-green, finely-textured Japanese holly (Ilex. c. 'Convexa') contribute to the visual interest.

While not dominated by flowering perennials, this combination boasts bursts of color throughout the seasons. A red-blooming hellebore graces the winter, Martagon lilies bloom in spring, and the Alstromeria takes the stage from summer into fall. Hydrangea p. 'Jane', a dwarf flowering shrub, offers easy-going flowers from spring to fall. The glossy-green ginger (Asarum), fiery-red Heuchera, and blue hosta contribute additional foliage interest.

When positioning shade-requiring plants, consider the angle of the sun and the shadows cast by shrubs and trees. Leverage this knowledge to your advantage, placing shade-loving plants strategically. Some, like Carex d'. 'Kaga Nishiki,' are versatile in light requirements, excelling in shade but also thriving in partial sun with sufficient moisture. The ensemble prefers filtered to part sun with even moisture—avoiding hot, blasting sun. For optimal bloom performance, reserve the sunniest spot for the Alstroemeria among the flowering perennials.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8
Exposure: Part Sun, Full Sun, Filtered Sun
Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even

Design Considerations

Style: City and Courtyard, Northwest Eclectic, Woodland
Features: Fabulous Foliage, Flower Fest, Four Season Appeal, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Winter Interest
Focus: Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Year-round Interest
Seasons of Interest: Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Spring, Summer, Three Seasons of Interest, Winter, Year-round Interest

Care and Maintenance

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

Plants In this Combo