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
|Hebes = vivid Color|
Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold
|Choisya 'Aztec Pearl'|
|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)|
|Black Mondo and Nana Mondo Grass|
|Heronswood Lambs Ear|
|sedums and succulents|
|Rubus (not on market)....yet|
|"Firefly" winter color Heather|