Tag Archives: year-round interest

Spider Agave

agave bracteosa

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.

Japanese Snowball

Japanese Snowball Viburnum plicatum

We love Japanese snowball bush (Viburnum plicatum) for its lovely white spring flowers, reddish fall foliage and lovely branch structure. A beautiful viburnum that stands out among shrubs.

Lacebark Pine

Lacebark Pine Pinus bungeana

We love lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana) because it is an evergreen pine tree with beautiful exfoliating bark, and because it is a deer resistant plant.

Russian Cypress


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.

‘Northwind’ Switchgrass

Switchgrass Panicum virgatum Northwind

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 kale for its hearty constitution, health benefits and great taste. Read about growing and using kale.

Tom Thumb Cotoneaster


We love ‘Tom Thumb’ cotoneaster (Cotoneaster adpressus ‘Tom Thumb’) for its tiny leaves, beautiful branch structure, fall color and ground-covering abilities.

Garden Design in Black and White


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.