This striking design will provide a colorful play of interesting foliage and flowers.
When to Start: fall or spring
At Its Best: early summer
Time to Complete: 2 hours
Choose a sunny site and improve the soil with organic matter before planting, then use sand or string to mark out lines to create the formal, parallel effect. Space out the plants to allow room for them to spread.
Plant the tall fleeceflower at the back, and the heuchera and salvia at the front to form a neat carpet. Use accent plants, such as Angelica, to add interest to the pattern.
Perennials will last far longer than annual plants, but the formal effect will eventually lose its crispness as they grow. You may have to lift and replant every few years to keep the pattern strong. Experiment with rows of different plants until you find a combination that's well suited to your conditions.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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