Shades of Green
Plants like azaleas and daylilies have their seasons to flower but also play a part in the design when foliage is the main star. In this serene garden, a fern on a pedestal is the finishing touch in a planting bed that features tonal, textural and height changes, in addition to the structural quality of the tree trunks. Posted by RMSer mimisharpe
Take Advantage of Variegated Leaves
With its many colorful leaf patterns, caladiums can be depended on to brighten dark areas of a shade garden. Photo by Susan Morgan
Variations on a Theme
Hostas do produce blooms in midsummer, but their best asset is foliage played well in this garden.
Same Color, Different Shape
Repeating a color but changing the leaf style is another good way to make transitions in a garden bed. Here, 'Albo Marginata' hosta goes beautifully with a fern.
A composition of various sedums creates the foundation of an eye-catching, multi-seasonal bed.
Repetition Above and Below
The starlike reddish-purple leaves of 'Chameleon' spurge provide an understory reflection of the castor bean (left). Posted by RMSer lark
Go Big, Bold and Tropical
Every garden can use a warm-climate plant to add a lush, tropical feel even if only for a summer. Here, the tapioca plant (Manihot esculenta, hardy to USDA 9) provides variegated foliage on red stems.
Add Supporting Players
A weathered copper pot adds interest to this bed. Posted by RMS user On-the-east-twin