Serene and sophisticated, this foliage vignette is a surprising mix of that includes three different plants that all have variegated foliage—this could have been tricky to pull off, but it's masterfully executed by Vanessa Nagel, garden designer in Vancouver WA. One of the reasons that I think it works, is that there's really one foliage star, one plant with showy variegation, and that's the hosta at the bottom middle. The other two have variegated foliage, but with more subtle and fine variegation that adds a reflective quality in this shady spot. The deep rich green of the strongly upright, slow-growing yew and the fringe of dwarf sweet box at the base are rich green bookends for the lighter foliage. This pleasing variety of leaf color and texture, coupled with the varied plant shapes create a wonderful composition.
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Bright Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade, Part Shade, Part Sun, Shade
Style: City and Courtyard, Contemporary, Northwest Eclectic, Woodland
Focus: Contrasting Foliage and Texture, Foliage First, Front Yard Garden, Low Maintenance, Mixed Border, Small Space, Winter Interest, Textural Contrast, Curb Appeal, Efficient Use of Space
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Year-round Interest
Features: Contrasting Foliage, Contrasting Foliage and Texture, Contrasting Shape, Contrasting Texture, Fabulous Foliage, Foliage First, Front Yard, Frontyard, Low Maintenance, Small Spaces, Winter Interest