Virtues: A rugged, dense evergreen shrub that makes a nice evergreen mat. Foliage turns bronze or purplish bronze in winter, for something “different.” A good alternative to mat-forming junipers.
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Virtues: A good ornamental grass for a backdrop or a tight space, because it is tall and narrow. Adds great fall and winter interest with its bright off-season foliage and fluffy seed heads. Does not bend or collapse in rough …
We love ‘Slender Silhouette’ American sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Slender Silhouette’) for its very narrow shape.
American yellowwood is an underused but valuable garden tree.
We love kale for its hearty constitution, health benefits and great taste. Read about growing and using kale.
We love ‘Tom Thumb’ cotoneaster (Cotoneaster adpressus ‘Tom Thumb’) for its tiny leaves, beautiful branch structure, fall color and ground-covering abilities.
Virtues: These perennials bloom in the fall.
There are many factors to consider when choosing plants for your garden. Once you’ve narrowed the list to plants that do well in your environment, it’s common to start choosing plants by the color of their flowers or foliage. However, some garden designers argue that it’s better to choose plants first by shape, then worry about color.
I’m trying to make a “garden for the senses.” Plants for sight, taste, texture and fragrance are pretty apparent but can you help me with plants for the sense of hearing?
Some ideas for what to plant with Arkansas bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii), the 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year.
There’s no getting around it . . . shrubs take up space! Make them earn their position—insist they offer more than one season of interest. Here are some great multiseason deciduous shrubs.