Golden Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Sekkan-sugi') is the evergreen backdrop in this scenario and is an effective screening plant. Its gold foliage is a pleasing contrast with coppery-bronze tones of the ninebark. Osmanthus 'Goshiki' echoes the color of each and adds more evergreen structure. Acanthus mollis 'Hollard's Gold' brings the drama with its bold foliage but be sure to protect from blasts of afternoon sun as its foliage can burn, ruining the show. On the ground plane drifts of Carex 'Toffee Twist' and red astilbe round out the show.
7, 8, 9
Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun
Style: Northwest Eclectic
Focus: Contrasting Foliage and Texture, Foliage First, Mixed Border, Privacy and Screening
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Season Garden, Year-round Interest
Features: Fabulous Foliage, Warm Colors