Foliage Plants Add Texture to the Garden


      It's not just about the flowers when it comes to selecting perennialsfor the landscape.

      The purple leaves of this bugbane (actaea, formerly cimicifuga)hold its place in the shade garden until the white flowers appear in fall. Try combining with purple and pink floweredperennials.

      Lady's mantle is enhanced by the early morning dew or after arainfall when the water beads up and glistens in the sun. Shade from the hot afternoon sun will helpprevent leaf browning.

      The silver and redhighlights of Japanese painted fern make it a standout in the shade. The delicate fronds contrast nicely with thebold leaves of hostas.

      The bronze tinged foliage of copper king hardy hibiscus serve as afocal point and unifying feature. Andthe flowers of knautia and rudbeckia as well as the seed heads ofKarl Foerster feather reed grass echo its impact.

      Include some annuals with unique foliage color. Black velvet geranium's (pelargonium) nearly black leaves make the pink, scarlet, rose,coral and salmon flowers pop. Orcombine purple ruffles basil with yellow calendula, zinnia and marigolds for afocal point in a container or flowerbed.

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