Posts Tagged ‘Garden Design’
I like to do a number of containers with Hosta since they are a hardy shade perennial with beautiful foliage & easy to care for. I was looking for something to dress up my shaded front entryway. I had a black pot and wanted something with yellow foliage.
Here’s this simple container recipe:
-1 black container
-3 Hosta Lemon Lime (1 qt pots)
-Few stones for contrast
In the winter, I put the whole pot in my storage shed and try to water it in February or so because the roots will get rather dry and then change the soil early in the season before the shoots are up. One year, I forgot about this pot completely and the shoots had turned white and were 3″ tall. I simply cut these shoots back when I finally placed it outside for the season and they rebounded nicely with their normal color.
This container garden took me about 10 minutes to plant and has given me so far over 3 years of season long enjoyment. If you wanted to mix and match this up a bit – you can use a bright colored Heuchera such as Berry Smoothie.
Odd numbers, especially the number three is the simplest way to get started when it comes to garden design and it always seems to work whether you are designing a garden or redoing your home decor.
Heuchera Cinnamon Curls is such a beautiful shade perennial to work with since it provides almost year round color I love using this coral bells because it has the most beautiful copper-cinnamon foliage that is both glossy and RUFFLED! It’s so gorgeous in container plantings because it really holds up well.
In the garden it really makes a statement with Hosta Yankee Blue in the background and edging it up with Carex Evergold. I’m looking forward to trying a new Carex this year called Everillo – which has beautiful gold foliage all season long. This stunning combination really works because its a combination of foliage in different colors and shapes!
One of our favorite sun perennial is Sedum Autumn Joy that I wrote about yesterday. Today I want to give you a few garden design ideas with Autumn Joy Sedum. Autumn Joy has a stiff upright habit, with pink umbels in late summer and grows to about 2′ tall A stunning combination is a medium size ornamental grasses such as Pennisetum which provides an airy, free flowing style to the rigid stems of Sedum. (Featured lower right). Another mid size grass I like using is Feather Reed Grass or Calamagrostis Karl Foerster.
Another combination is using Perovskia (or Russian Sage) (Left). The tall upright spikes of blue play well against the flat pink umbels in addition to adding more height in the garden. This is a very popular combination used by professional landscape designers.
Caryopteris (Blue Mist Shrub) (Upper right) is one of those overlooked shrubs that burst into color in late summer and fall with beautiful blue flowers. Here again, the blue and pink pair very well in the landscape together.
All these plants mentioned are drought proof and sun loving and very easy to grow, especially for beginner gardeners.
These are just a few combination ideas to get you started with designed with Sedum Autumn Joy.
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Butterfly Kisses Coneflower is packed with beautiful double pink pompom blooms on short stems. The fact that it has smaller flowers than other coneflowers doesn’t faze me a bit since there are so many handsome long flowering blooms on short upright stems that are just the right height for small children to enjoy the lingering butterflies.
Coneflowers or Echinacea are easy to grow in sun to part shade providing mid-late summer color in the perennial garden. Like most double flowering forms, they open single. This one has a nice lime green center to it early on before becoming fully double pink. Butterfly Kisses is from Arie Blom – a long time Coneflower breeder who has introduced some of the most garden worthy & colorful Echinacea over the years. (See Double Coneflowers – Meet the Breeder)
Here are a few garden design ideas with this enchanting new FRAGRANT coneflower.
Foundation Planting. If you have a few large shrubs around your foundation and this area is getting about 4 hours of sun, Butterfly Kisses would be a colorful foreground planting in front of a couple of Hydrangea Endless Summer.
Front of the border. At only 12-15” tall it is ideal for the front of the border or use in very narrow border or where you might have limited space.
Containers. There short, compact habit lends well to container planting.
There are lots of perennial combinations you could use. Personally, I like pairing blues and pinks together. Here are a few combination ideas:
Hardy from Zones 4-9, this Butterfly Kisses Echinacea deserves a place in any perennial garden.
Coreopsis is a cheerful drought proof garden plant that provides nonstop blooms in the summer garden. These easy to grow clump forming perennials have daisy-like flowers held on upright stems and are impressively heat tolerant.
Here are some ways to use Coreopsis in your garden.
Other plant combinations to consider: Autumn Joy Sedum, Knock Out Roses or Midnight Rose Heuchera. These are just a few pairing ideas to get you started with easy to grow Coreopsis. This week our summer temperatures are soaring in the 90′s and the Coreopsis are standing cheerful and happy in the sun perennial garden.