Planters: Combination of wispy dwarf maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’) and two colors of sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) stands out for its beauty and simplicity. Planting in tall containers boosts the height of the grasses, turning them into a shimmering canopy, and gives plenty of room for the sweet potato vines to tumble down the sides with lush foliage. Water requirement: Moderate to high Light requirement: Partial to full sun
In the garden on the right, is a line of ‘Limelight’ panicled hydrangea trees (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’) that adds structure, and in front of that, a mix of perennials and grasses for color and softness. These include ‘Autumn Joy’ stonecrop (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’), White Drift roses (Rosa ‘Meizorland’), purple sage (Salvia nemorosa ‘Marcus’), ‘Autumn Frost’ hosta (Hosta ‘Autumn Frost’), golden Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’) and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis).
A color palette of ghostly silver and purple-black can look chic and sophisticated or a little spooky. In a container combination, try jagged-leaved cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), silvery dusty miller (Senecio cineraria), curly purple kale (Brassica oleracea ‘Redbor’) and dark purple coral bells (Heuchera spp.).
In a mixed floral border in a garden near Sheffield, England, Inspired Garden Design used an engaging color palette of gold and bright orange avens (Geum spp.), and dark crimson and pale purple pincushion flowers (Scabiosa rumelica syn. Knautia macedonica). The overall effect is like a sprinkling of bright jewels over a dark backdrop (the green foliage).
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Unless you are using a conifer as a focal point, lower plants should generally be placed in the front of the bed, with taller plants progressing toward the rear. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of low-growing conifers available for placement up close and personal. Certain pines, such as this mugo (Pinus mugo cvs, zones 2 to 8), as well as certain junipers, arborvitaes and prostrate hemlocks and cedars make great front-of-the-bed candidates.
Canna 'Pretoria' 3.6K Saves | 2 Questions Temperate climates. Anyone can grow tropical bulbs, even if those bulbs spend only a few months in the spotlight. Plant them along with spring-blooming bulbs once the days warm up, and they'll continue the show until the first frost. Grow them in containers so they get a head start indoors in winter and bring them back indoors when the nights get frosty. Cannas 'Bengal Tiger' and 'Pretoria' are basically the same plant. One that looks nearly identical is 'Tropicana' but it's calyx (the sheath at the base below the blossoms) is green whereas that on the other two is red.