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Foliage 97 Ideabooks

We gardeners can be a fickle bunch, always wanting what we seemingly cannot have. Shade gardeners want more sun; sun gardeners want more shade. There are certain plants, however, that can be employed to bridge the gap so that everyone is happy. Enter ostrich fern.
Big Foliage for Small Spaces
An exceptional garden is one that embraces and celebrates the unexpected. This can be a challenge in the smaller, more urban gardens that are becoming the norm for many of us. One way to inject unexpected interest into your small space is by introducing...
Get a Cool Garden Look With Gray and Blue Plants
We can do a lot with foliage. We can emphasize movement, create mystery or highlight a garden feature. Through color, foliage can also generate a mood. Blue and gray plants can recede to make way for bolder, brighter hues. But on their own, these silvery...
Boxwood Alternatives Bring the Chelsea Flower Show to You
With the end of May approaching, I’m looking forward to the Chelsea Flower Show, the highlight of the British gardening year, where top garden designers will once again wow us...
Great Design Plant: Axminster Gold Comfrey for Sun or Shade
There aren’t many plants that have good looks in both sun and shade, so when I discovered this boldly variegated perennial, I was excited to experiment with it in my garden. At first glance it could be mistaken for a hosta, but its coarse, somewhat...
Herb Garden Essentials: How to Grow Basil
Basil, native to Asia, has become a seasoning staple in cuisines around the world. The familiar and fragrant sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is grown as a summer annual that generally reaches about 2 feet tall. Even if you’re already...
7 New Plants to Grow for Beautiful Foliage
A garden based on flowers may be beautiful for short periods of time, but it is the foliage that holds a garden design together by spanning the seasons. Trees, shrubs and perennials all play an important role in forming the picture frames that enhance...
Great Design Plant: Little Heath Andromeda Brings 4-Season Color
I always look for interesting foliage when selecting shrubs for the landscape or a container, and Little Heath andromeda is a reliable favorite. The small green and white variegated leaves form a tidy mound, unlike some of its larger cousins that can...
Great Design Plant: Sea Grape, a Hardy Coastal Delight
The bright green mouse-ear leaves of the native sea grape tree make me smile. It isn’t just because sea grapes are drought tolerant and salt tolerant — or even because they help stabilize dunes. It’s the plant’s bubbly appearance and happy-go-lucky...
Great Design Plant: Autumn Fern Adds Color All Year
The name of this fern is misleading, suggesting that it offers value to the garden only in fall. Certainly it is a highlight of autumnal designs, but the first photograph below was taken at the end of June! I was cutting equally colorful fronds in August...
Great Design Plant: Louie Eastern White Pine
Seattle is renowned for its gray skies and seemingly endless rain, so those of us who live here seek out plants that add a Midas touch, especially to the winter garden. Trees, shrubs and perennials that offer bright...
Green-Only Gardens Draw the Eye and Soothe the Spirit
We often strive to put colors in our planting designs, in the use of both foliage and flower. But are different colors essential? If we skillfully choose and combine plants, a monochromatic green palette can give us just as much interest as flowers with...
Great Design Plant: Sourwood Brings Fiery Fall Color
Sourwood is an outstanding yet underutilized tree for the smaller landscape. The layers of midgreen foliage resemble a froth of petticoats, especially when studded with drooping clusters of white flowers in July. The interest doesn't end there — the...
6 Fantastic Ferns to Enliven Shady Garden Spots
Living and working in the Pacific Northwest, I am regularly confronted with dark, moist sites that exist under a dense canopy of trees — perfect conditions for a garden accented with ferns. There are few other plants that are able to flourish in difficult...
Moss: Nature's Carpet for the Garden
Moss in a garden is like comfort food for the soul. There is arguably no other plant that conjures up primordial feelings of mystery, peace and nurture. Fossils have been discovered that date moss back to 400 million years ago, indicating that it preceded...
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