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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Contrast and Texture Plants for Northwest Winters

A reoccurring theme in a garden consultations goes something like this; " I want a colorful low maintenance garden", followed by a list of plants
 grandma raised that are attractive for 3 hours and die back to a  aspiring tumbleweed.
 At this point I move the conversation to "Garden Bones". For me, I want to look out the window in  dismal and dank February seeing structure and color  that  remains the entire year. Things to consider such as, the plant's texture, growth pattern, maintenance needs (water soil sunlight), color, placement  gets addressed and my opinion finds my tongue. So, here are a few pictures of plants shot in real-time winter, (in zone 8) that meet the criteria of hardy attractive and colorful for the whole calendar year.

                                                                    Center piece plants
 I will typically start with a large statement Plant, building off it's attributes with complementary contrasting sub plantings,( If the client wants subtle), I will pull one color from the center piece plant and repeat  in mass plantings.

Cryptomeria J. "elegans Aurea" (japanese cedar)

"Alaskan Weeping Cedar" narrow, architectural  and evergreen

Cryptomeria japonica Spiralis

                                            Supporting players
Hebes = vivid Color

Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold

Hebe cupressoides

Choisya 'Aztec Pearl' 
Hebe Sutherlandii
                                                       Christmas lights in march...

Blue Star Juniper 
Spider web Fatsia
Yeah, Zonal denial, winter can be cruel to white variegation, But this is everyone's favorite plant that tours the garden!
SO I included it in the hardy list..
Windmill Palm  (bold foliage)

Algerian Ivy


                                                        Ground covers 
Black Mondo  and Nana Mondo Grass
Heronswood Lambs Ear
sedums and succulents 
Rubus (not on market)....yet

Sedum Angelina
Blackbird Euphorbia
"Firefly" winter color Heather

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