Tag Archives: year-round interest

Ascot Rainbow: A Colorful Perennial Euphorbia

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Virtues: We love ‘Ascot Rainbow’ spurges for their striking, sage and lime green foliage that turn stunning shades of pink, red and orange during the colder months. These perennials also have vibrant green flowers with radiant red centers.

Ghost Bramble: A Great Shrub for Winter Interest

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Virtues: We love fast-growing ghost bramble for the ghostly white coating that covers its thorny canes in the winter season. This eerie deciduous shrub also produces purple flowers that become small, black inedible fruit.

‘Karl Foerster’ Feather Reed Grass

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Virtues: We love ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass for its feathery spires that appear in the summer and remain upright all through winter. It provides an excellent vertical accent for borders and narrow spaces. Common name: ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed …

‘Northwind’ Switchgrass

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Virtues: We love ‘Northwind’ switchgrass SO much it has made our list for a second time. It has a great fall and winter interest thanks to its bright off-season foliage and fluffy seed heads. It is tall and narrow, perfect as …

Annuals Aren’t Evil: Reasons to Grow Annual Flowers

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Question: I’ve read some opinions on different blogs stating that annuals aren’t a great choice because the methods of producing them aren’t always ecologically friendly and because they take a lot of water and fertilizer to grow well. Your thoughts?

Spider Agave

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We love spider agave (Agave bracteosa) for its drought tolerance and striking architecture. A great choice for hot, dry climates and a fine container specimen elsewhere.